Victims of Abuse must be supported – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has responded to allegations by Paudie McGahon. Mr Adams said that Sinn Féin’s priority is to support victims of abuse whether that abuse is historical or contemporary and that the party will support victims in their efforts to get truth and justice.
Gerry Adams said:
“Sinn Féin has rigorous child protection guidelines. At all times the Sinn Féin representatives seek to support the victims of alleged abuse.
“We believe that all victims of abuse should be supported to access the justice system and social services and that the most appropriate bodies to deal with these allegations are the Gardaí and social services.
“I have previously acknowledged that the actions of republicans in the past in dealing with allegations of sexual abuse were inadequate and inappropriate.
“Paudie McGahon clearly feels badly let down.
“Nothing that I may say will change this but it is a matter of deep regret to me.
“I hope that justice is served and support delivered to Mr McGahon.
“Sinn Féin’s priority is to support victims of abuse whether that abuse is historical or contemporary and we will support victims in their efforts to get truth and justice.
“There is a currently a Garda investigation into these allegations.
“That is why when this case was brought to the attention of local representatives I am assured that the victims of the alleged abuse were advised in person and writing to go to An Garda Síochána.
“Martin McGuinness has proposed a victim-centred approach to deal with the issue of abuse; an approach that would provide support to victims and access to the justice system.
“This would be anchored in the North South Ministerial council and allow victims to come forward to access support and those with information to pass it to the Gardaí or PSNI for investigation.”