Meanwhile, At Stormont



“I will show [Northern Ireland First Minister] Peter Robinson evidence that Sinn Féin and the IRA internally investigated sexual abuse perpetrated by republicans, moved these people around the country, and in doing so put children at risk.”

Mairia Cahill (above) this afternoon

Earlier: Police, Judge And Executioner 

Peter Robinson expresses support ahead of meeting with Maíria Cahill (irish Times)

(Stephen Kilkenny/Photocall Ireland)

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27 thoughts on “Meanwhile, At Stormont

  1. missred

    My heart goes out to Mairia. Not only having being repeatedly raped, made to face her attacker, been called a liar and having to withdraw her evidence from court, but now she has to meet with Peter Robinson who will pretend to care more than he does and will barely be able to contain his delight on getting points over Sinn Fein.

      1. Mick Flavin

        What I got from the BBC Spotlight programme was that the prosecution case was scuppered by an IRA comrade of the accused turning up to give evidence in his favour. Their whole case was based on him not turning up. Sounds weird, so maybe I missed something.

  2. Dhaughton99

    I have nothing but sympathy for her but she is being used as a pawn by politicians with agendas and the media.

    Her interview with Sean O’Rourke was strange especially when asked about the story of Joe Cahill being turned because of pics of him with a child. “I knew him, he wouldn’t do that kind of thing. He’s wasn’t the type”.

  3. gallantman

    Feel for her. Being exploited again.

    Opportunist politicians smell Sinn Fein blood. Circling like sharks. Disgusting.

    1. Odis

      I would say she is an intelligent woman, who knows full well that politicians will “exploit” the story. Maybe she is using this “exploitation” to damage those, who damaged her.
      I wish her luck!

    2. will-billy

      do not fully agree. it is likely also important to her to have her day in court and get a form of closure maybe that way

    3. brianharvey4life

      no ”disgusting” is murdering at will for 30 years, kneecapping people and molesting minors.
      get a bit of balance yeah?

  4. jungleman

    A lot of people playing politics with this story. Enda Kenny was fairly blatant today. Shows how much Fine Gael fear the Shinners. It’s also pretty hypocritical for them to say shame on SF for covering it up when they’re using a sensitive issue to score political points. Why is the Taoiseach saying he looks forward to meeting her? Surely he should be leading by example by refusing to turn a sexual assault accusation into a political matter.

    1. Mick Flavin

      It does appear that everyone is trying to jump on the bandwagon. I think FF fear SF more than FG do. There is almost no overlap of the core FG and SF vote.
      Again, from Spotlight, It was implied that politics was being played with this issue in the North/Westminster before it started to blow up down here in the past week.

      1. jungleman

        FF wouldn’t want to play second fiddle to SF in a coalition I suppose.. Realistically though they need SF to do decently in the next election if they want to be in power themselves. I doubt they’d have any alternative.

        1. Mick Flavin

          I was coming more from the point of view of FF being outflanked by SF to the point of irrelevance (FF as the “southern SDLP”). FF are wobbling and an ever more palatable SF are undermining both the Republican and populist ground under them.
          I doubt SF and FF alone will garner enough seats to form a government based on the last opinion poll showing them combined at ~45%.
          Would you see a big rump of Indies or Labour propping them up, or what’s your take on it?
          I suppose a lot can happen between now and election time.

          1. jungleman

            I think that it all depends on the economy come election time. If things keep going the way they are going FG should be in power again. The electorate will stomach the cronyism, Irish Water and all the other controversies as long as there’s more cash in their wallet. Labour will likely get hammered regardless but there should be enough left to prop up a coalition with the help of a few independents.

            If the economy takes another downturn though, all the controversies of the past few years will come back to bite FG in the ass and we could see FF and SF getting a combined 50%+, both of them having about an equal share of seats.

            I disagree with you on FF becoming irrelevant. I think they are the default setting for most of the electorate. I agree that FG voters are unlikely to switch to SF. But they are quite likely to switch to FF. Labour obviously will lose most voters to SF.

            I could be way off on this of course. I don’t hold myself out as a political analyst!

          2. Mick Flavin

            Not much to disagree with there, jungleman. I do think/hope that FF have dirtied their bib so much that their support has irretrievably shrunk to its core. I also think that bar further major government own-goals (they do seem to have a touch of the Richard Dunnes about them though), there is a natural ceiling to SF’s vote, and they’ll not transfer well. If they’re only pushing 25% with all that’s happened, I can’t see them growing sufficiently. Basically what I’m saying is that I’d be surprised to see a FF-SF two party coalition, especially with the likelihood of a pre-election vote-buying budget.

            It’s going to be an interesting year.

          3. jungleman

            Fair points. Also I don’t think any party would be too happy joining a coalition without it amounting to a healthy majority. A lot of it depends on what happens to Labour and, if they collapse, where their votes go to. We could end up with a huge number of independents.

            Certainly the budget will be the main thing. As I said, it all depends on the economy, and the degree to which Labour get thumped!

        2. will-billy

          gas. the only definite common thread between all of the three major parties is that they will give it up the ass to us at some point

          1. Mick Flavin

            Jesus, will-billy…Is there some law that every online discussion of Irish politics has to have a rape analogy dragged into it?

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