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IRA sex abuse: Enda Kenny calls on Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams to "present himself" to police over party knowledge of IRA sex abuse

By Niall O'Connor in Atlanta, Georgia

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called on Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams to “present himself” to gardai over information his party has on IRA sex abuse cases and ‘kangaroo-court’ style interrogations.

Mr Kenny today ridiculed Mr Adams’s claims that he does not know whether Louth man Paudie McGahon was interrogated in an IRA “safehouse” in relation to claims he was raped as a teenager.

In a blistering attack on Mr Adams,  Mr Kenny accused the Sinn Fein leader of being untruthful in relation to his knowledge of the IRA sex abuse scandal.

And for the first time since the emergence of the McGahon case, Mr Kenny made a direct appeal to other victims to come forward.

“There is nothing to be afraid of here,” he said.

Mr Kenny today moved to discredit Mr Adams’s claims that he has been upfront with his knowledge mof the events surrounding the McGahon case.

He said Mr Adams knows the identity of Mr McGahon’s alleged abuser, his whereabouts, and the names of those who took part in so-called ‘kangaroo-court’ style interrogations of victims.

This is a case that happened in the jurisdiction, in County Louth,” Mr Kenny said.

“What are safe houses for? Are safe houses for raping people? Are they for interrogations?

"Are they for kangaroo courts? Gerry Adams knows full well what they are for. He knows where they are. He knows the people that were involved in them.

"His first duty here, is if he says 'anybody with information should give it to the gardai' then he should present himself and tell them what he knows,” he added.

Mr Kenny made the remarks in Atlanta, Georgia, where he has begun a six day visit to the US to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Gerry Adams slammed Mr Kenny's remarks as "opportunistic" and said the Taoiseach was using the issue to attack Sinn Fein.

"Mr Kenny says that I should go to the Gardai about anything that I know regarding issues of sexual abuse. He says this in the full knowledge that I have already done this," said Mr Adams.

"The Taoiseach's refusal to act on Martin McGuinness's proposal for an all-Ireland mechanism to assist survivors and victims of abuse and his failure even to write to the Deputy First Minister for over four months, speaks loudly of his attitude to this serious and sensitive issue.

"The government has yet to put together an all-Ireland sex offenders register and they have cut funding to rape crisis centres and advocacy groups.”

Mr Adams added: "Mr Kenny is more interested in exploiting it to attack me and Sinn Féin. His remarks are both opportunistic and demeaning to his office."

The Taoiseach said he is considering what options the Government can take in terms of dealing with cases of IRA sex abuse.

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