Monday 15 October 2018

Mary Lou must face down SF leadership to get truth for Mairia

Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald
Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald
By Niall O Loughlin
John Downing

John Downing

THE Irish people have long ago made up their own minds about Gerry Adams' extraordinary take on his own strange past.

But Mary Lou McDonald, the leading light of Sinn Fein's "post-war generation of leaders", is quite another matter. And Ms McDonald's inadequate response to the hugely-credible allegations of Mairia Cahill - that she was the victim of a sexual assault and there was a subsequent Republican cover-up - leave the Sinn Fein deputy leader and her party with huge problems.

And Sinn Fein's cries of "political football" are just not good enough here. The party was, rightly, stridently critical of the Catholic Church's shameful response in the past to the scandal of sexual abuse. Everyone is now entitled to apply the corollary of that one and demand clear answers from the Sinn Fein leadership - and the spotlight will fall naturally on Ms McDonald, who is known for her strong feminist stances.

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