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# abuse claims
Mairía Cahill blog allegations 'shameful and cruel'
Cahill called on Sinn Féin to condemn the post.

Updated 6.29pm

A FORMER LEADING IRA member has sparked a fresh controversy in the Maíria Cahill scandal after he shared a blog post claiming that the abuse she suffered was a ‘year-long sexual liaison’.

Seamus Finucane, accused by Cahill of being involved in a ‘kangaroo court’ investigating her alleged abuse, posted the article by Ruaidri Ua Conchobai on his Facebook page.

The post alleged that the “year-long clandestine sexual relations between these two people” had been “ignited by a lawful but ‘few cans of beer’”.

It adds that the man was a “type of charmer whom many a 16 year old would likely fancy”.

Cahill has this evening called on Sinn Féin to condemn the sharing of the article and for an apology.


Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins said he is “appalled by the level of abuse being directed at Maíria Cahill online”, suggesting that she has been been targeted by a ‘co-ordinated campaign’

“What Maíria is experiencing is disgraceful and is clearly designed to intimidate her and punish her for speaking out about her abuse,” he said.

Statement from Finucane: Four accused by Mairia Cahill respond to allegations >

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