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Victims concern at Sunday Tribune treatment dismissed by Eileen Calder

19 January, 2010 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Responding to a statement by Eileen Calder dismissing the concerns expressed by one of those abuse victims interviewed by the Sunday Tribune last weekend who had accused the paper of ‘manipulation’, Sinn Féin Assembly member Caral NíChuilin said:

“In recent weeks a number of alleged victims have come forward to tell their story and I support them fully in that.

“For the record Sinn Féin did not accuse the Sunday Tribune of ‘manipulating’ a victim of abuse. This accusation was made by one of the victims interviewed by the Sunday Tribune in a statement issued through her solicitor. I do find it shocking that a victim of abuse is placed in this position by a newspaper. I also find it strange that anyone would dismiss the statement by this woman and the concerns she has raised through her solicitors. Sinn Féin comes at this from the position that the rights of victims are paramount.

“The fact is that the Sunday Tribune printed the weekend stories making specific allegations against Gerry Adams and other republicans. They did not at any stage prior to publication put those allegations to Sinn Féin in common with normal journalistic practice. One of the victims interviewed has since dismissed the claims linking Gerry Adams to the story.

“It is quite proper that both Sinn Féin and Gerry Adams have placed these very serious matters in the hands of our legal representatives.”

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