Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Border Region Development, Brendan Smith TD, has stated that there are serious questions to be answered by senior Sinn Féin figures over how they dealt with alleged child sex abuse allegations 15 years ago.
Commenting on the BBC Spotlight programme on Mairia Cahill broadcast earlier this week Brendan Smith stated, “The horrific abuse and appalling violence outlined by Mairia Cahill was absolutely shocking. As a 16 year girl she was allegedly raped and abused by a senior IRA member. It was also reported that she was subjected to a harrowing experience of being forced to meet face to face with her alleged attacker where she would be judged on her “body language”.
Deputy Smith added: “Mairia’s account of her treatment by the IRA and senior Sinn Féin personnel was abhorrent, while the depiction of the kangaroo courts set up by senior Sinn Féin/IRA members to deal with the victim showed complete disregard for her and her safety.
“Deputy Adams and the Sinn Féin leadership should outline the level of co-operation they afforded to PSNI investigations into these extremely serious allegations. Was child abuse by IRA members covered up by Sinn Féin and IRA members?
“I want to commend Mairia on her courage in coming out publicly with this sad and horrific story. It must have been immensely difficult for her. However, I hope her case will shine a spotlight on some of the darker things which are reported to have happened in communities supposedly under IRA “protection”. Concerns have also been expressed about the way in which the North’s Justice system handled the complaints made by Ms. Cahill”, Deputy Smith concluded.