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Forty republican sex abuse suspects probed by gardai

By Philip Ryan

Gardai are investigating more than 40 suspected republican sex abusers, according to IRA rape victim Mairia Cahill.

Ms Cahill met with gardai last week to discuss the increasing number of victims she has spoken to who endured similar treatment to her at the hands of republican abusers.

It is understood the cases being investigated include at least three attacks in Dublin.

The abuse suffered by victims dates as far back as the 1970s, with most of the cases being reported occurring in Belfast and Londonderry.

Gardai are working closely with the PSNI and the Irish child and family agency Tusla.

"I am appealing to victims to come forward and report their abuse. There is nothing to be afraid of and if I can help in any way to alleviate the fear that victims have I will," Ms Cahill said.

Meanwhile, at a special Mass for the families of the 'The Disappeared' yesterday, Archbishop Eamon Martin called on anyone with information about where murder victims were secretly buried by paramilitaries to come forward.

"I appeal to the conscience of anyone who has information that might help to come forward to the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims," Mr Martin said at Saint Patrick's College in Armagh.

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