Thursday, 6 November 2014


The British authorities, as well as Adams, have questions to answer on Cahill allegations

Opinion: A question of priorities means, in practice, wronged women must wait

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) will be fairly content with the way the Sinn Féin/Maíria Cahill rape controversy has been playing out.
Northern Ireland secretary of state Theresa Villiers’s officials may be concerned about possible reputational damage to key supporters of the peace process but they will also be aware that the intense political and media concentration on the alleged interventions of the IRA and Gerry Adams will have helped deflect attention from the role of the British authorities.
Politically, the most striking element in the BBC Spotlight programme that brought Cahill’s allegations to a wider public came from Mark Durkan. The Foyle MP related that he had been told by a number of Westminster colleagues that they had been briefed by Sinn Féin MPs who, referring the Police Service of Northern Ireland investigation of Cahill’s claims, “said they were very concerned about what they said was political policing”.

‘Poor Pa

draic’ Durkan said
, too, that he had been approached by former Labour NI secretary Shaun Woodward, “Who asked me if I was concerned about what was happening to poor Pádraic, and referred to the issues, difficulties and concerns that he was aware Sinn Féin had, and that this was very worrying for the process . . .
“He said that we couldn’t go pursuing these sorts of issues.”
“Pádraic” was Pádraic Wilson, alleged by Cahill to have been involved in meeting her in his capacity as a representative of the IRA. Wilson’s importance for consolidating the IRA ceasefire had been recognised in his release from Long Kesh for eight hours in May 1998 to speak at an IRA convention. At the time, a month after the Belfast Agreement, there was no unanimity in IRA ranks about continuing down a road that, logically, would lead to disbandment. The NIO explained that Wilson had been released “in an effort to promote the agreement and to encourage the peace process”.
Wilson had been serving 24 years for a car-bomb offence. He was IRA commander in the prison. Few other figures would have had comparable clout when it came to swaying the rank and file. Ed Moloney, author of A Secret History of the IRA, characterised the relationship: “He loved them and they loved him back.”
Thus, the NIO had reason to feel a certain commitment to Wilson. The referendum in May 1998 – a fortnight after Wilson addressed the IRA convention – confirmed the great popularity of the peace deal among Northern nationalists. It was the IRA, not the mass of the people, which had needed to be persuaded.
On this view, Woodward’s endorsement of Sinn Féin concerns raises the concern that the NIO put at least as much store on alleviating the anxieties of those who had been indispensable in the making of the agreement as on the pleas of a young woman who said she had been raped. Many in the North, not all of them Sinn Féin supporters, thankful for the degree of peace that now obtains, might, perhaps regretfully, accept this order of priorities. But what it means in practice is that we must not pursue these issues, that wronged women must wait.
The readiness of the British authorities to treat sexual abuse as of little account when a valued political project was at stake had already been evident in the Kincora affair in the 1970s when the systematic rape of boys in the care of the state had been ignored, and even facilitated, by MI5 in order to keep a network of loyalist informants onside.
Documents released last July under the 30-year rule, despite having been heavily redacted, showed MI5 had closely monitored the sodomising of teenage boys over a period of years. We were later to learn that RUC officers investigating Kincora believed their efforts had been thwarted by MI5. This was also the view of former MI5 officer Colin Wallace.
One document gave an account of a meeting in February 1972 which heard the RUC was conducting three separate investigations of the Kincora complaints. It recorded the meeting being told: “There are persistent rumours that ‘guilty men’ in high places have not been brought to justice”; but suggested it was unlikely these “vague rumours” could ever be substantiated.
The attendance list for the meeting included UK attorney general Michael Havers, Lord Chancellor Quintin Hogg, senior civil service legal adviser Sir William Bourne, and Northern Secretary Jim Prior. That is, the British government’s most senior legal officials along with one of Woodward’s predecessors.
The least that can be said is that the British government has form when it comes to taking a close interest in sex abuse cases that subsequently fail to reach satisfactory conclusions.
Adams still has questions to answer. But the NIO and the British authorities generally should not be allowed to continue to sing dumb about their role over many years regarding the sexual abuse of youngsters. Harrying Adams should not rule out hammering on the door of Villiers’s office.

This article is a welcome elaboration of this whole sordid affair, unfortunately it's significance like the affair itself, makes headlines for a few says and then forgotten, followed by a return to business as usual, which carries considerable ramifications for everyone on the island of Ireland and beyond.

There is still considerable denial in Ireland, with regard to child sexual abuse. Often it's reality would be better described as child rape. Rape for any adult person is a traumatizing experience, the effects often last a lifetime. This must give us just a small glimpse, of the consequence of child rape by an elder in a position of trust, aside from even physical pain, with such an encounter.

Victims, sometimes commit suicide later in life but all suffer considerable psychological and emotional damage, that is rarely completely repaired. It essentially destroys a once healthy, emotionally healthy spirit and human being, to become self destructive, with the added horror, of it often becoming an inter-generational, self perpetuating night mare in families. After all of the resources of lengthy inquiries in the south of Ireland, the one word of consequence, that resulted, was the word 'SYSTEMIC' at conclusion * (continued below)« less
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  • BrianClarke

I personally come from a violent home in the west of Ireland, that could best be described, without exaggeration, as a war zone. I was fortunate enough to experience recovery from alcoholism, that involved other groups that deal with the issues that often accompany this condition. As a result, I became familiar with the absolute nightmare of child rape in families, along with the other realities of what happens, within the four walls of. dysfunctional homes. In Ireland I have come to the conclusion, that in one form or another, it has infected the lives to a lesser or greater extent, all of our society in both states on the island of Ireland.

I lived in the north of Ireland for many years and was the father of five children there. I have little doubt from experience as a community activist, that the matter is at least as serious, perhaps even more so. there. This is one of the 'Big Secrets' which your article has pointed out has been exploited for.political purpose and woe betide anyone who exposes it.

Child rape is a heinous enough crime in itself but it has been exploited to the extreme by British Government agencies, on a scale that is equally 'SYSTEMIC' there.The latest example of it's cover up, is the recent blocking, once again by MI5, of the latest proposed Kincora inquiry, which follows three previous interference attempts by MI5 secret  services, in police inquiries into the matter. This is a can of worms that must not be opened, because it's consequence go right to the heart of Government in London
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  • BrianClarke

The simple words of criminal blackmail are often couched in the modern term 'leverage.' The ECB Trichet letters, exposed today in the Irish Times are a good example. Calling matters by the their proper terms as in the case of child rape is important to break down denial. In this instance it simply evolved to political blackmail. From grooming children to grooming future critical politicians, judges, etc., in fact all power nodes of any serious consequence, with the end result being, secret Government using puppets of political and conflict theatre with the added self interest of false flags and ever bloating budgets for ever bloating securocrat bureaucracy.

Britain's Secret Services have systemically used child rape, as leverage, to infect every area of society, on the island of Ireland from defence, justice, media, parliament, etc., right to it's very core in both Stormont and  Leinster House, with considerable resources from taxpayers monies, on both islands expended, in cover-ups and maintenance. This by any standards, is a crime against humanity on a considerable scale for a very long time. The Adams' Affair and Kincora are  just the tip of the iceberg. Any serious researcher can confirm these facts, hope fully someone with resources will elaborate on it's true extent bu be warned you will meet all sorts of resistance and danger. It is simply unacceptable, to any fair minded citizen, who is not dead from the neck down emotionally or spiritually. Kincora must  be investigated thoroughly, in a publicly transparent manner, just to begin with before Nazareth Lodge.

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  • maryobrien
Tell us something we don't know.
  • 1 hour ago
  • will-conqueror
The British and the SF/IRA deserve each other and should stay in the North.
  • 23 minutes ago
  • JimDoyle
@will-conqueror I presume the IRA have now 'Gone away'. But the fact is that Sinn Fein are an inherently Irish political party now. And increasingly the reins of power are being passed on to a younger gernation many of whon were not even born when the @troubles' broke out. It is natural evolution and you have to accept it. Asit happens the nearest SF Coincillor to me is a former Green Partyman ! How thing shave changed !!!
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  • Daedalusnua
If you add in the complaints by the other two young girls who were also abused by the same man, and who withdrew when it was clear the Public Prosecution Service first wanted them to testify against him as an IRA man, before they would go ahead with the Rape trials, this gets very murky indeed. Whatever about Mairia Cahill, it was highly unlikely that these Women would testify about IRA membership, and anybody could have seen that. Who made these decisions? While the probe into Gerry Adams can... » more


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