The Sir Keir Starmer review of the PPS handling of Mairia Cahill’s abuse case has found significant failings by the PPS in pursuing the case. Over 14 findings the report found unacceptable delays, inadequate communication and insufficient consideration of the sequencing of the cases involved.
Speaking after an initial reading of the review, Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD commented that “The report vindicates Mairia Cahill who bravely stood up to on-going abuse and spin by Sinn Féin. Consistent claims that the court case had found all suspects not guilty have been given their proper context by this report. The unacceptable delays and weakening of the case led to the withdrawal of the three women from the process. This directly contradicts the Sinn Fein claims that the case had no basis. I welcome the apology by Barra McGrory, the head of the PPS in Northern Ireland, in accepting the serious failings that let down these vulnerable women.
“This report shows that serious questions remain for Gerry Adams and the Sinn Fein leadership to answer about the cover up of sexual abuse in the Provisional movement. The simultaneous claims that they believe Ms. Cahill alongside efforts to undermine her at every turn have been exposed by the findings of failings in the PPS prosecution of this case. The failings of the PPS in this case can no longer be used as an excuse by Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin. It’s time for Gerry Adams to own up and come clean on the scale of cover ups and kangaroo courts,” Deputy Martin stated.
“I would like to commend Mairia Cahill on her bravery in the face of continual abuse by people within the provisional movement. The PPS must act on the recommendations of the report to ensure that in future victims are supported and given clear access to the justice system as every citizen deserves, regardless of the suspects involved,” Deputy Martin concluded.