Cahill leaves Adams and Sinn Féin reeling

Analysis: controversy a huge embarrassment for party as allegations pressure leadership

Maíria Cahill speaks to Irish Times political correspondent Mary Minihan after her meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in October 2014.Video : Bryan O'Brien

Sinn Féin and its leader Gerry Adams have been left reeling by Maíria Cahill’s determination to challenge the republican movement about the way in which it dealt with her alleged sexual abuse at the hands of a leading IRA figure in Belfast.

The controversy has gone on for more than a week and is clearly proving a huge embarrassment for Sinn Féin. The question is whether it will do its prospects in the Republic lasting damage or whether it will be a temporary setback, like previous controversies about the republican past.

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