Sinn Fein Justice Spokesperson Padraig Mac Lochlainn has dismissed reports that four senior party figures were involved in a 2006 inquiry into sexual and physical abuse by IRA men.
The Donegal deputy was responding to claims from the Sunday Independent who allege that the IRA man believed to have sexually abused Paudie McGahon also abused a 12-year-old boy after he was forced to move from Northern Ireland to the Republic by a IRA 'kangaroo court'.
Speaking on RTÉ's The Week in Politics, Mr Mac Lochlainn said this was untrue and criticised the so-called 'kangaroo courts'. He urged anyone with information to come forward and contact the Garda.
The Sunday Independent report also says it has seen a document which suggests there are up to 100 IRA abusers.
If Sinn Fein urged Louth man Paudie McGahon to go the gardai, haven't they already done as much as could reasonably be expected? That's the line which is now being taken by republicans in the wake of another scandal involving the internal investigation of a sexual abuse case by the IRA.
It is five months since I waived my right to anonymity on the BBC Spotlight programme. I agonised over this decision. At the time, I said that if even one person was helped by my disclosure, it will have been worth it. Now, Paudie McGahon has come forward to tell of his rape by his alleged abuser, and his treatment at the hands of Sinn Fein and the IRA. Instead of being relieved that someone else has come forward, I am horrified that anyone else was put through a similar experience to my own.