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War of Words

"Put up or shut up" - Mairia Cahill's challenge after Gerry Adams 'uncle' claims

Cahill says her family are considering legal action.

ABUSE VICTIM MAIRIA Cahill says it’s time for Gerry Adams to “put up or shut” up as she has again challenged him to an on-air radio debate.

Cahill was speaking on Newstalk’s Lunchtime radio show and said she has “a number of questions” she wants to put directly to the Sinn Féin leader.

It follows the publication of a review into her case that criticised how it was handled by Northern Ireland’s prosecution service.

Cahill’s alleged abuser was named in Keir Starmer’s review and Adams was questioned about the case over the weekend.

Adams said in numerous interviews that Cahill was abused by her ‘uncle’ and questioned why this has not been reported by the media. 

This, he said, “it doesn’t make it any easier” but demonstrates that abuse occurs in “all communities and classes and all sectors of society”.

Cahill reacted angrily to the comments from the Sinn Féin leader and pointed out that her abuser was not a blood relation but was an uncle through marriage.

Her family, she says, are considering legal action against him Adams.

Speaking today, Cahill claimed that Adams’s comments were designed “call my credibility into question”.

“What I want is for (Gerry Adams) to take responsibility and to apologise on behalf of Sinn Féin for the way in which his members have treated me over the last seven months,” she said.

Read: Northern Irish justice system apologises to Mairia Cahill over handling of her case >

Read: ‘An investigation into IRA abuse allegations is needed to realise the scale of it’ >

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