DUBLIN (AP) – Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said Monday that his Irish nationalist party has delivered a list of suspected Irish Republican Army rapists and child abusers to police as the government considers mounting a fact-finding inquiry into the scandal.
Over the past month, Adams has been accused by government leaders and former Sinn Fein supporters of shielding members of the outlawed Irish Republican Army from investigation for rape and child molestation.
His chief accuser, Mairia Cahill, says she was raped by a Belfast IRA commander in 1997, but Adams met her face to face to discourage her from going to police in favour of a secret IRA investigation, during which the group interrogated her alongside her alleged rapist. Adams has denied Cahill’s story, but she has won support from all other political parties in both parts of Ireland.
Adams said he had provided police a list of men who fled from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland after being accused of sexual crimes. He declined to specify the number of people on Sinn Fein’s list or whe-ther all of them were IRA veterans.