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Sinn Fein junior minister Jennifer McCann's role in the spotlight at Stormont

By David Young

The role of a Sinn Fein junior minister in the aftermath of Mairia Cahill's allegations is set to fall under the spotlight in Stormont.

The DUP has tabled a motion on the issue that will be debated in the Assembly next month.

One of the issues it will seek to address is whether Sinn Fein junior minister Jennifer McCann, who said she was made aware of the allegations a number of years ago when she was not an MLA, should have reported the matter to the authorities.

The DUP's Sammy Wilson said: "Mairia herself has called for this to be investigated by the Northern Ireland Assembly. We have ensured that the Assembly can have a debate immediately following the Halloween recess.

"There are serious issues which require thorough investigation, including any potential breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct."

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin of making grievous accusations against him in relation to Ms Cahill's allegations.

He also accused Mr Martin of playing politics with a deeply serious issue, which he said was disgraceful.

Mr Adams made his remarks during exchanges between himself, the Taoiseach and Mr Martin yesterday in the Dail.

"Sinn Fein has no objections to the Oireachtas looking at any allegation of abuse.

"However, the Fianna Fáil leader and the Taoiseach have made grievous accusations against me," he said.

"Neither the Taoiseach or the Fianna Fáil leader have ever come to me and asked me for my version of events.

"There was no cover-up by me or by Sinn Fein in this matter."

Mr Adams claimed: "This man is playing politics with a deeply serious issue and he doesn't have the gumption to ask me what my version of events is.

"It is disgraceful."

Mr Adams reiterated his point that the Taoiseach was "politicising the issue".

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