A simple question: just what was your recent 'apology' for?
An open letter to Mary Lou McDonald from the Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty
Dear Mary Lou, I'm sure, like me, you welcome the post-Weinstein ''#MeToo'' environment where victims now feel emboldened to tell their stories and speak out - and in doing so give voice and heart to other victims everywhere.
I am sure you would agree with me that, if one thing comes out of all the recent revelations and the resultant outpouring of experiences, it's better that we build a world where women are believed and listened to.
Yet, just over four years ago, a young woman gave up her right of anonymity by disclosing her rape on the BBC Spotlight programme. She detailed how at 16 years of age she was raped repeatedly by a republican IRA activist. She also detailed how allegations against the same man had been asserted by two younger girls.