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Mairia Cahill: Exiled IRA abusers 'in double figures'

By Niall O'Connor

The number of sex abusers exiled from Northern Ireland by the IRA is "well into double figures", rape victim Mairia Cahill has claimed.

The Belfast woman said she has been contacted by further abuse victims in the past few days who she said were in "absolute turmoil" over their ordeal.

The issues of IRA sex abuse and the movement of perpetrators to the Republic are due to discussed in a Dail debate today.

Ms Cahill said some abuse victims who contacted her were too "petrified" to go public because of her own "vilification" at the hands of Sinn Fein figures.

She said she had gathered information indicating that the number of IRA abusers who have been exiled was much higher than previously thought.

"I can tell you that the information I have is perpetrators that are well into double figures, and that means it is a hugely significant issue, north and south," Ms Cahill said last night.

"People have no idea who they are living beside, because there are no child protective procedures in place. Victims couldn't achieve justice because the IRA moved perpetrators around this country to subvert justice. And that means children are at risk - right now.

"Sinn Fein conducted an internal review into this matter, they know this information and I am again calling on them to meet the relevant authorities and bring this information forward."

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