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Sunday 16 December 2018

Rape victim Mairia Cahill meets gardai

Mairia Cahill
Mairia Cahill

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

RAPE victim Mairia Cahill met gardai on Thursday as authorities both North and South of the border step up their investigations in the IRA abuse victim.

Ms Cahill told independent.ie that over 40 names of alleged abusers are now being considered.

An Garda Siochana, the PSNI and the Child and Family Agency Tusla are all involved.

Ms Cahill, a Belfast mother who was raped by a suspected senior IRA figure, tonight called on any further victims to come forward.

"I met with Gardai and am happy that the TUSLA unit will be able to look at information received and enact vital child protection assessments," she said.

"I am appealing to victims to come forward and report their abuse. There is nothing to be afraid of and if I can help in any way to alleviate the fear that victims have I will. Support is available. In addition, republicans should not shirk their responsibility. They need to come forward now and stop children being put at risk," she added.

The fresh revelations by Ms Cahill come as a new opinion poll shows a drop in support for Sinn Fein.

Gerry Adams party is now the third most popular party in the State, according to the Red C poll in the Sunday Business Post.

The poll was conducted last week and in the aftermath of the Paudie McGahon revelations.

The Louth man says he was raped at the hands of an alleged IRA figure and then subjected to a 'kangaroo court' interrogation. Ms Cahill was raped when she was a teenager before being subjected to a interrogation in which she was brought face to face with her abuser.

"If I can uncover information  in relation to over 40 suspected cases of abuse, Sinn Fein can go much Further than nine names," Ms Cahill added.

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