Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Actions speak louder than apologies

“Today in Dáil Éireann Deputy Adams admitted that Sinn Fein failed victims of sexual abuse at the hands of republicans, he acknowledged Sinn Fein's failure to deal properly with the issue and he apologised. 

“Apologies are meaningless without the actions to back up the simple words. We all know that Sinn Fein in the past covered up the sexual abuse of children at the hands of some of its own members but by continuing to deny those victims credibility in their testimony, by casting doubt as to their integrity, Sinn Fein is re-traumatising not only the brave victims Mairia Cahill and Paudie McGahon, who have gone public, but also the many, many victims who are still afraid to.

“That failure is Deputy Adams’ alone. He has it within his gift today to provide the Gardaí with all the information they require today.

“Sinn Fein/IRA conducted a damage limitation exercise resulting in the investigation of over 40 cases of both sexual and physical abuse by the hands of republicans. He stated in a recent Dáil debate arising from the allegations made by Mairia Cahill, that Sinn Fein had no corporate way of verifying what happened in the past. Well he knows, as I know he already has all the information that Gardaí would need. 

“Sinn Fein staff were issued with instructions to prepare a media strategy in the event of the report being leaked.

“So, don't wait till the report is leaked, Deputy Adams. Do the decent thing, the right thing and give the report to the Gardaí and stop re-traumatising victims today.”

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