Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD says Gerry Adams still has questions to answer as to how his party and the IRA dealt with allegations of sex abuse within their own ranks.
Deputy Martin commented, “Mr. Adams opted to use his speech this morning to attack his political opponents for continuing to pursue the truth, and demand answers about the manner in which sex abuse allegations were handled by members of the IRA and Sinn Féin. This vain attempt to deflect attention from the cover-ups within those organisations, which are now emerging is sickening.
“I have repeatedly asked Mr. Adams to fully explain how the IRA and Sinn Féin dealt with cases of alleged sex abuse, which have come to light because of the bravery shown by Maíria Cahill in going public with her experience. Instead, Mr. Adams has chosen to vilify this courageous woman, undermining her at every turn.
“Maíria Cahill has been subjected to a torrent of abuse by Sinn Féin supporters on social media over the past week, while their leader remained silent on the disgraceful and vicious attacked which were being levelled at her. His silence in not condemning this appalling online campaign speaks volumes.
“The time has come for Mr. Adams to stop avoiding the tough questions and to level with the Irish public and explain exactly how his party and the IRA dealt with victims of alleged child abuse when they were made aware of them. All other institutions have been held accountable for their actions. Sinn Fein and the IRA must be subject to these same rules. There are reports that perpetrators of these heinous crimes were shot and/or expelled from the North. Where were they sent? Are they now living in the Republic? Are they being monitored? Were their crimes reported to the authorities? These are all extremely serious questions that Mr. Adams has failed to answer.
“It is unacceptable and reprehensible that he has failed to address these important issues. Rather than trying to bury the past and deflect attention by attacking other political parties, his efforts would be better served by giving a full and truthful account of these tragic and inexcusable events”.