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Cliona Saidlear from Rape Crisis Network Ireland condemned Sinn Fein for its ongoing treatment of Maria Cahill

Cliona Saidlear from Rape Crisis Network Ireland condemned Sinn Fein for its ongoing treatment of Maria Cahill

Enda Kenny and Mairia Cahill

Enda Kenny and Mairia Cahill

Mairia Cahill

Mairia Cahill

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Cliona Saidlear from Rape Crisis Network Ireland condemned Sinn Fein for its ongoing treatment of Maria Cahill

I'm glad I did the BBC Spotlight programme. It was the right thing to do. My motivation in all of this was to share my experience of what happened to me, in order that other victims would finally get recognition for what happened to them.

The programme, and the subsequent media interest, forced Sinn Fein into the position where they had to admit, that yes, the IRA did indeed investigate cases of sex abuse, and in some cases moved suspected perpetrators out of one jurisdiction, and into another. Up until last week they were saying it was "unfounded and untrue".

The consequences of that are frightening. No one has any idea who they are living beside, who has access to their children - because no child protective measures are in place in respect of these individuals - and crucially no one knows the scale. Except for the IRA, of course, and Gerry Adams told us last week that since the IRA have left the stage, there is no way of verifying this information.


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