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Gerry Adams is a coward, says Mairia Cahill after debate snub

By Philip Ryan

Published 26/05/2015

Abuse: Mairia Cahill
Abuse: Mairia Cahill

Mairia Cahill has called Gerry Adams a coward for refusing to take part in a live debate on allegations that he was involved in covering up her sexual abuse.

Ms Cahill asked Mr Adams to "put up or shut up" and go head-to-head with her in a live radio debate.

But last night Sinn Fein turned down the offer - insisting Mr Adams has answered all questions he has been asked about the Belfast woman's abuse at the hands of a senior republican during the late 1990s.

"I have had to listen to Gerry Adams tell lies about me for seven months, which is why I told him to put up or shut up," Ms Cahill said.

"Gerry Adams has refused the debate because he knows he has been lying about me and that I will put him under scrutiny.

"He has repeatedly tried to discredit me. His refusal is further indication that my account is entirely true and his is not. He's a coward." Ms Cahill also revealed one of her uncles is taking legal advice after Mr Adams repeatedly said she was raped by her uncle during an RTE Radio One interview.

Martin Morris was named as Ms Cahill's alleged assailant in Sir Keir Starmer's report into the handling of Ms Cahill's abuse case. The human rights lawyer's report detailed failings in the court system which resulted in the collapse of the prosecution of Ms Cahill's abuser, and described her as a credible witness.

Ms Cahill insists Mr Morris is not a blood relative but rather an uncle through marriage.

He was married to her aunt for two years but left the country after his attacks on Ms Cahill were exposed.

She said Mr Adams is seeking to distance the IRA's involvement in her case by suggesting she was raped by a family member. Any allegation involving Ms Cahill's blood relatives is entirely unfounded.

Ms Cahill said: "He is trying to portray my case as a family matter despite the fact that the sole reason the IRA involved themselves in investigating my abuse was precisely because my abuser was a senior member of the Belfast IRA and they said he had rights as an IRA volunteer."

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