Friday 16 November 2018

Piece by piece, the Sinn Fein mountain of lies is crumbling

Sinn Fein is a slow learner when it comes to doing the right thing, writes Eilis O'Hanlon, but it is learning a hard lesson

Joe Cahill with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams in 2002
Joe Cahill with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams in 2002
Sinn Fein TD Dessie Ellis

Eilis O'Hanlon

Everyone knows how this will end. Sinn Fein will issue a statement acknowledging that the republican movement has indeed covered up allegations of rape and sexual abuse against its own members; that it was wrong; that they've learned lessons from it. They will also say that they are sorry. That's how it will end. It's simply a matter of when.

In the meantime, they clearly intend to extend the agony for victims, who are forced into chipping away at the edifice of lies piece by piece, doing the hard work.

But the mountain is crumbling. Within days of last week's Spotlight programme - in which Mairia Cahill bravely told of the lengthy abuse which she allegedly suffered at the hands of an IRA man when she was only 16, and the six-month investigation which the republican movement then forced upon her, during which she was brought face to face with the man she said had raped her - Martin McGuinness had said that the way republicans dealt with such matters in the past was "inadequate".

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