Republicans and the Mairía Cahill abuse case
I was initially very reluctant to make any comments about the Mairía Cahill case because I did not know the ‘facts’ of the situation and did not want to contribute to any hurt already felt by an alleged sex abuse victim or indeed people who had just been acquitted by the courts. However, I think that case and the way it has been portrayed in the media, particularly in the South of Ireland, raises a whole range of questions, about the media, as well as about the actual allegations of sex abuse and how they were handled or mishandled in the past.
First of all I should say that it is my view that the substantive issues raised by the Mairía Cahill case need to be investigated independently. Just because someone makes accusations against others doesn’t mean that the accusations are correct, particularly when they are being denied, however…
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