Maíria Cahill: unanswered questions

Will other victims come forward? Will there be lasting damage to Gerry Adams? And who do we believe: the Sinn Féin leader or Maíria Cahill?

Media spotlight: Maíria Cahill on Monday at Stormont, where she met First Minister Peter Robinson. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Media spotlight: Maíria Cahill on Monday at Stormont, where she met First Minister Peter Robinson. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The news of the past 11 days has been dominated by the story of Maíria Cahill. We have heard about her bitter, damaging experience at the hands of an alleged IRA rapist and then – the “second nightmare”, as she called it – at the hands of an alleged IRA “kangaroo court”.

The revelations have also raised the prospect of other victims of IRA sexual abuse coming forward to tell their stories. She says they already have – but they have done so only privately for the moment.

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