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IRA 'sex abuse inquiry': Acquittals are being ignored, says lawyer for four linked to case

By Steven Alexander

A lawyer for four people linked to the Mairia Cahill case has said their acquittals have been either ignored or devalued.

Charges against Padraic Wilson, Seamus Finucane, Briege Wright and Maura McCrory were dropped after they had been accused of involvement in an IRA inquiry.

However, earlier this week, an independent review of three criminal cases linked to the alleged abuse was ordered by Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory.

Peter Madden of Madden & Finucane solicitors welcomed the DPP's review.

He said his clients had been found not guilty of the offences after an intensive and lengthy high-ranking police investigation.

Mr Madden added that Ms Cahill had been afforded every available resource the State could offer.

But, he said, she "would not participate in the normal method of giving evidence at a trial, where the truth of her version of events would be tested by cross-examination".

And he added: "In any normal society that would be the end of the matter and my clients should have been permitted to go back to their normal lives.

"However, the rule of law has been subverted by the ongoing trial by the media against my clients."

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