Sinn Féin's leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O'Neill is facing fresh calls to confirm she believes Mairia Cahill was the victim of sexual abuse after a leading party TD said he has no doubt this was the case.
Seanad hopeful Máiría Cahill has contacted Government members of the Seanad to quell fears over recent controversy surrounding her past and to say she has always sought to “rise above these claims”.
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has denied he has any questions to answer over revelations contained in two detailed reports highlighting the provisional IRA’s continuing existence, despite admitting the supposedly non-existent army council still addresses “legacy issues from time to time”.
THE anger and sense of betrayal building around the probability that the IRA still exists in one form or another is entirely justifiable. That anger is exacerbated by the fact that one of the central players in the current debate has little credibility when it comes to being trustworthy in these matters.
Rape victim Mairia Cahill has urged Sinn Féin to clarify whether four people linked to the party were prepared to defend her attacker if the charges went to trial, after the issue was flagged in an independent review of the case.
Mairia Cahill, who was raped by a senior provisional IRA member, has criticised Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams after he claimed the case did not involve a “cover-up” by his party because she knew the attacker outside of the organisation.
APART from the issues that were in play, the costs ruling in the Ian Bailey case confirms that our justice system and all its quirks and formalities, and its spectacular time scales, is either for the very rich or — just possibly — for the very poor. The figure involved — anything between €2m and €5m — means that only the bravest and most determined citizen can contemplate a challenge that might expose them to a bill on this life-defining scale.
When, in 1597, Shakespeare included the line “uneasy lies the head that wears a crown” in Henry IV, Part II, he can hardly have imagined how relevant, how very pertinent and precise, his observation would be on this small island more than four centuries later.
WHENEVER it suits Sinn Féin, the party draws a line in the sand, making a fine distinction between its role as the self- described biggest political party on this island and its attitude to and handling of historic but still live allegations involving crimes of rape and sexual abuse of young people by members of the republican movement.