Flanagan calls on Adams to apologise to victims of alleged rapes

Flanagan calls on Adams to apologise to victims of alleged rapes
Charlie Flanagan

The Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has said Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams should “apologise” to the victims of alleged rapes carried out by members of the Republican movement.

This is after a 40-year-old Louth man Paudie McGahon spoke out last night about his alleged rape by a senior IRA member in the 1990s and how he was made to face a ‘kangaroo court’ in 2002.

Minister Flanagan has said Sinn Féin should hand over “all information” about alleged rapes and IRA courts to the authorities.

“He (Adams) should in the first instance be empathising with victims, be apologising for their ordeal,” said Flanagan.

“More particularly I believe he has an onus and duty to insure that his members cooperate fully and disclose any and all information they have on these issues to the criminal justice agencies.”

Earlier, Gerry Adams said he believes Mr McGahon's claims about the attack and added the person - who was the subject of the allegation - should be subject to due process.


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