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Taoiseach: we may need cross-border inquiry for IRA sex abuse


Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has proposed a "dual system" with powers of compellability to investigate issues surrounding IRA sexual abuse.

Mr Kenny said claims that sex abusers have been moved into the Republic by the IRA may have to be examined by a cross border inquiry.

Speaking in the Isle of Man, Mr Kenny said he has asked Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to discuss a joint approach with her counterpart in the North, David Ford.

The Taoiseach also revealed that he intends to hold "frank" talks with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams on the back of the Mairia Cahill affair.

Significantly, Mr Kenny said that a "dual system" which examines IRA sexual abuse claims would have powers of compellibility.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness today refused to apologise to Ms Cahill on behalf of the IRA.

Asked twice by independent.ie if he would issue an apology, Mr McGuinness said:

"The IRA are gone. I can't apologise on behalf of the IRA."

Mr McGuinness, the North's deputy first minister, said he has no information about sex abusers who may have been moved to the Republic.

He said he urges anybody with information on this issue to hand it over to the authorities.

Mr McGuinness and Mr Kenny were speaking after attending a meeting of the British Irish Council in the Isle of Man city of Douglas.

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