From top Máiría Cahill; Sinn Féin President Mary Louy McDonald
Further to the publication this morning of a Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland report that found Máiría Cahill was failed by a “disjointed police investigation”.
Ms Cahill, a former Labour Party Senator and now SDLP councillor in Lisburn and Castlereagh County Council, said she was raped by an IRA member between 1997-98 and subjected to an IRA investigation into her claims including a face to face meeting with her alleged rapist in 2000.
A subsequent trial later collapsed and MS Cahill had criticised the handling of her case.
This afternoon, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said:
“I welcome the publication of the Ombudsman’s report and the fact that the PSNI have accepted and will implement the recommendations of that report.
Abuse has scarred too many lives across Ireland. We all have a responsibility to keep children safe. I have no doubt that the three women at the heart of this report have been through an ordeal.
I want to commend their bravery, in particular the bravery of Mairia Cahill for waiving her anonymity.
Sinn Féin has robust procedures in place for mandatory reporting of abuse. I deeply regret that these procedures were not in place at the time of Máiría Cahill’s disclosure. For this I unreservedly apologise.”
Ms Cahill said on Twitter that she is not satisfied with Ms McDonald’s apology.