Gerry Adams encourages victims to come forward
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has once again encouraged victims of sexual abuse to come forward and seek justice. He said any victim who comes forward will have the full support of his party.
Teachta Adams said;
“Sinn Féin strongly refutes a claim that was made in the Dáil today and in some sections of the media, that the party has investigated cases of sexual abuse. This is untrue. It would be totally inappropriate and could jeopardise a successful prosecution.
“I also refute the claim that Sinn Féin is holding back information. There is no rationale or logic to this. I want all of these issues dealt with. If individuals have information they should bring it forward.
“Last November I asked anyone with information regarding abuse to bring that forward and I offered to pass that information on to the relevant authorities. I received a number of names anonymously.
“While I was unaware of the name of Paudie McGahon’s alleged abuser it now turns out his name was on that list.
“The only way for victims to get justice is through the criminal justice system and other statutory agencies. Victims need to be supported and perpetrators need to be brought before the courts.
“Sinn Féin’s priority is to support victims of abuse whether that abuse is historical or contemporary.
“Martin McGuinness has proposed a victim-centred approach to this matter, an approach that will 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.”