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Mary Lou McDonald responds to Police Ombudsman’s report

13 September, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has responded to the publication of the report from the Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland in relation to the investigation into complaints of sexual abuse by Mairia Cahill.

Speaking today Teachta McDonald said;

“I welcome the publication of the Ombudsman’s report and the fact that the PSNI have accepted and will implement the recommendations of that report. 

“Abuse has scarred too many lives across Ireland. We all have a responsibility to keep children safe. 

“I have no doubt that the three women at the heart of this report have been through an ordeal.

“I want to commend their bravery, in particular the bravery of Mairia Cahill for waiving her anonymity.

“Sinn Féin has robust procedures in place for mandatory reporting of abuse. 

“I deeply regret that these procedures were not in place at the time of Mairia Cahill’s disclosure.  For this I unreservedly apologise.

“I wish Mairia Cahill every best wish for the future.”

ENDS

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