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Gerry Adams advises Sinead O'Connor to report allegations of molestation by Sinn Fein member to gardai

By Philip Ryan

SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams has advised Sinead O'Connor to report allegations she was molested by a now deceased Sinn Fein member to gardai.

Ms O'Connor made the claim in a letter to IRA abuse victim Mairia Cahil, which was published in the Sunday Independent after the singer applied to join Sinn Fein last week.

“I myself was repeatedly sexually molested as a child in the 1970s by a member of Sinn Fein,” Ms O’Connor said.

“And I am certain I was not the only victim of that man, who is now dead,” she added

Speaking at a press conference to today, Mr Adams said: “She needs to go to An Garda Siochana if she hasn't already done so. That's all we can beseech anyone to do that makes such allegation.”

Mr Adams said Ms O’Connor application to join his party is still a “work in progress”.

In her letter to Mairia Cahill, the Nothing Compares 2 U singer claimed she joined Sinn Fein because she wanted to reframe “what it means to be a republican”.

“The very fact it is considered appalling to join Sinn Fein is why the elders should step down and is also why new people should join,” she said.

Source: Irish Independent

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