UPDATED: Victim claims IRA and Sinn Fein members assigned to deal with her rape allegations internally

And on Tuesday night Spotlight according to today’s Sunday Independent is on a controversial case of a young woman who makes specific allegations against a named member of the IRA. According to the report a case was prepared against the man concerned but he was acquitted when seemingly at the last minute no evidence was offered at his trial.

We’ll have to watch the programme for the actual detail, but the matter is already a subject of some political controversy:

Last year, after the jailing of Gerry Adams’ brother on child abuse charges, Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin stated publicly that there had been attempts “to deal with other cases of abuse internally in the republican movement”.

Pearse Doherty, SF’s finance spokesman, insisted that this was “unfounded and untrue”, and Gerry Adams himself accused Martin of being “completely out of order” and said his claims were “a new low.”

Intriguing. Not least because this recent case managed to get to trial and then, oddly, sparked out. ‘Spotlight’ is on Tuesday, BBC One Northern Ireland and starts just after Newsline at 10.35pm.

Update from News Letter names the person making the allegation:

The programme, at 10.35pm, tells the story of what happened when the IRA learned of her allegations. With the case against her alleged abuser having collapsed earlier this year, Spotlight investigates the wider context of her claims.

Mairia Cahill grew up as republican royalty. But when she said she’d been raped by an IRA man, they subjected her to a kangaroo court.

“One thing that you don’t want to do is come to face to face with the guy who has abused you,” she said. “They told me that they were going to read my body language to see who was telling the truth.”

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  • Dixie Elliott

    The case was hidden among IRA membership charges which were ‘dropped’…

    “Two men and two women due to stand trial charged with arranging Provisional IRA meetings walked free from court yesterday after the prosecution offered “no evidence” against them.

    As a result, Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland entered “not guilty” verdicts against Padraic Connor Wilson, James Gerard Seamus Finucane, Briege Wright and Agnes McCrory.[…]

    But defence counsel Mark Mulholland QC said in the case last month of his client Martin Edward Morris, 49, of Welbeck Road, London, the prosecution offered no evidence against him on a charge of membership of the PIRA.[…]

    Ms McKay added that the prosecution was also not “offering any evidence” against Martin Edward Morris, who was awaiting trial on separate charges. He had been accused of four counts of rape, four counts of indecent assault on a child, three of gross indecency to a child and two indecent assaults on a female.[…]


  • Michael Henry

    The BBC are getting better- no witness would turn up to Court but instead is now going to give her supposed evidence to the BBC- a media group that in the past has Kept Quiet about abuse with in the BBC- Some thing not right about all of that-

  • Dixie Elliott

    McIvor the reason no witnesses turned up to court was because the victim was being deliberately smeared as a ‘tout’ as were two other young girls who were eventually forced to drop the case.

    In the mentality of Adamsite fanatics anyone who reports a member of PIRA for rape and who exposes other members of trying to cover it up are ‘touts’.

    Perhaps instead of waffling you could explain how a case about IRA membership could also include ‘four counts of rape, four counts of indecent assault on a child, three of gross indecency to a child and two indecent assaults on a female’?

  • Bryan Magee

    I think that there will need to be investigations over these cover ups that happened. It sounds completely unacceptable what happened.

  • mickfealty

    It should be said that this appears very much to be a peace process era ‘action’…

  • Michael Henry

    Dixie says the witness did not turn up in court because she was afraid of being called a tout- yet she will go on the BBC to make public accusations instead- she stopped being worried about being called a tout all of a sudden or this is another made up smear-

    The Court case found no one guilty- you are looking for some thing that does not exist-

  • mickfealty

    The programme presumably will offer more context Mickey. In the meantime, I’d urge people to be a little more cautious in their speculation.

  • chrisjones2

    And you can delete that post too

  • Dixie Elliott

    McIvor I’m talking about witnesses. The victim did indeed turn up in court and Spotlight will broadcast what happened next.

  • Dixie Elliott

    Oh it clearly was a cover up Bryan and people should be worried that justice can be cast aside to protect the so called peace process.

  • mickfealty


  • Jag

    Radio Face Nolan had a caller on last week, voiced by an actor, who claimed he was the child of a rape. His mother’s rapist hadn’t been convicted, let alone charged it seems.

    I got to thinking –

    How did the BBC conclude that the supposed child of the rape victim was telling the truth. After all, there was no conviction and the individual in question was adopting a pro-life position. Playing Devils Advocate, what if he was actually lying through his teeth?

    Ditto this story.

    Just because someone comes up with some ghastly tale does not automatically mean they’re telling the truth. Yet, Slugger takes them at their word.

    Trust but verify is a motto I have found useful in my life,

  • mickfealty

    Ditto nothing Jag.

    I suggest you re-read the OP very carefully. I certainly made no such claim.

    But as I clearly did note above, the allegations will become much clearer when we get to see what they are.

    My understanding from the Sindo piece is that the programme will provide important context around the story so far. We’ll have to judge that when it comes out.

    But I will repeat that it is very strange in the extreme that a case gets to court and then no evidence provided. To state the bleedin’ obvious you cannot convince a DPP to get a case into court without substantial evidence.

    So without casting aspersions on anyone we really do have a right to ask what on earth happened here?

  • Dixie Elliott

    Serious questions need to be asked as to how can a rape case be included in an IRA membership case if the two were unconnected? If the two were then we know that this was a case of covering up rape not IRA membership.

    As I pointed out, this is yet another example that the interests of peace over rides actual justice even for victims of rape.

  • npbinni

    ‘Read her body language’! Who do they think they are, the Israelis?

  • chrisjones2

    For the last 4 weeks all my posts have been deleted …on all topics. No red card. No explanation. I cannot see anything I have done beyond asking one frequent contributor to step back and think about what he was saying because of the (in my view) extreme hatred that seemed to be driving it

  • Robin Keogh

    And maybe you might produce the evidence that proves “the victim was being deliberately smeared as a ‘tout’ as were two other young girls who were eventually forced to drop the case” and can you also prove this claim “….anyone who reports a member of PIRA for rape and who exposes other members of trying to cover it up are ‘touts’

  • Robin Keogh

    I can understand Slugger getting giddy when it looks like the Shinners might be in hot water but, given the “quality” of the Sindo’s “flexibility” around reporting the “facts” of any given situation particularly when it concerns SF, I will hold fire untill a more reliable source presents the story.

  • Dixie Elliott

    Listen tomorrow night and you’ll hear the victim’s evidence.

  • Dixie Elliott

    A more reliable source? Like a victim you mean?

  • Robin Keogh

    I have no doubt, but i see by your response that u are making assumptions and have no evidence to back up the claims u make.

  • Robin Keogh

    Sadly the evidence of a victim can only result in a conviction if that evidence is presented in court and verifies the accusations. The inconvenience of the judicial system i guess.

  • Dixie Elliott

    The victim said it publicly so I accept her word over a party led by a liar and a proven paedophile protector….

  • Robin Keogh

    Good for you !

  • Dixie Elliott

    And what do you say about a judicial system which puts the onus on a victim to prove IRA membership against those in the dock before she can hope to find justice against one of those not only charged with IRA membership but her rape?

    A blind man could see that from the court report alone.

  • Robin Keogh

    I would say that something needs to be done about the judicial system