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Mairía Cahill blog allegations 'shameful and cruel'

Cahill called on Sinn Féin to condemn the post.

Image: Stephen Kilkenny/Photocall Ireland

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.

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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 >

More: Archbishop on IRA sex offenders: “Let the truth come out” >

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