Gerry Adams responds to allegations in Spotlight programme
Responding to the BBC Spotlight programme broadcast last night, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said:
“In the Spotlight programme, broadcast last night, Mairia Cahill made an accusation relating to a meeting with myself.
“I totally refute the allegations Mairia made about our conversation.
“I met Mairia in good faith, at the behest of her cousin and my late friend Siobhan O’Hanlon who was concerned for Maria’s welfare following an episode of self-harming.
“When I learned of the allegation of abuse from Siobhan, she told me that Mairia was refusing to go to the RUC.
“Siobhan and I met with Joe Cahill who was Mairia’s uncle. We told Joe of the allegation and asked him to speak to Mairia about reporting this to the RUC. He did so. Mairia did not want to do this at that time.
“I have contacted my solicitor with regard to the allegations made against me in the Spotlight programme.”