The Sunday Tribune today prints the stories of two women from prominent republican families who suffered rape/sexual abuse and who accuse the IRA and SF of a cover-up. There’s a front page news story and a double page feature inside. It is the detail that’s so damning. In one case the IRA brought the victim and the perpetrator together to check the body language to see which one was lying. Forensic? I don’t think so. Most damning of Adams is the response to the victim when she discovered her tormentor had been drinking in a pub in Letterkenny: “what do you expect me to do out it, ban him from every bar in Ireland?” If this is how the party dealt with two people from ‘Republican aristocracy’ how were cases of ordinary people dealt with?
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty