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Sinn Féin members who sought to help Mairia Cahill still seeking meeting with Taoiseach - Gerry Adams TD

30 October, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny to clarify that those Sinn Féin members who sought to help Mairia Cahill, Jennifer McCann MLA, Sue Ramsey and himself, are still seeking a meeting with him.

Deputy Adams said;

“As An Taoiseach knows well, my request for a meeting was not confined to the four individuals accused in connection with an alleged IRA investigation, but consisted of those Sinn Féin members, including myself, who spoke to and sought to help Mairia Cahill. It is reprehensible that he would spin this publicly in the way that he has done. This reinforces my view that he is playing politics with this issue.

“In relation to those accused of carrying out an IRA investigation into Mairia’s case, I understand that solicitor Peter Madden wrote to An Taoiseach on 24th October stating that he had ‘set aside the judicial process and ignored the findings of a Court of Law....’ , and that he had already passed judgement on the matter.  It also stated that Peter Madden advised his clients against any meeting given your highly prejudicial statement and ongoing legal processes. This correspondence was widely publicised.

“I further understand that Peter Madden has today confirmed that his clients see no point in meeting with An Taoiseach, at this stage.

“Although it is a matter for the individuals concerned if they want to meet with Mr Kenny, I am not surprised that these individuals do not wish to meet him given his public assertions and judgements about them.

However myself, Sue Ramsey and Jennifer McCann MLA have written to An Taoiseach seeking a meeting.  We have yet to receive any confirmation from Mr Kenny that he will meet with us, as he said he would in the Dáil. 

“I am urging An Taoiseach to respond positively to our request for a meeting and I look forward to hearing from him.”

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