Ardee man to claim abuse at hands of IRA on BBC tonight

Gene Yore

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Gene Yore

Ardee man to claim abuse at hands of IRA on BBC tonight
A Louth man, who claims he was abused by a member of the IRA and subjected to an IRA kangaroo court interrogation, headed by the man who made Maria Cahill face her abuser, will appear on BBC television tonight and accuse Sinn Fein of trying to cover up his story.

A Louth man, who claims he was abused by a member of the IRA and subjected to an IRA kangaroo court interrogation, headed by the man who made Maria Cahill face her abuser, will appear on BBC television tonight and accuse Sinn Fein of trying to cover up his story.

Paudie McGahon, who lives in Ardee, will claim tonight on the BBC Spotlight programme that was abused by a member of the IRA at his home, in the 1990s, when he was 17, when the house was being used as a safe house by Republicans.

He was told: “If you ever open your mouth about this to anybody you’ll be found on the border roads.”

Sinn Féin declined to comment before the broadcast, but last November, Louth Sinn Fein county councillor Pearse McGeough issued a statement through the party to The Democrat after it was claimed Mr McGahon had told Cllr McGeough about the alleged abuse in 2002 and that Cllr McGeough had arranged for him and a second victim to attend the “internal inquiry”.

“I am aware of the case of alleged abuse that has recently appeared in the press,” Cllr McGeough said. “I have known the family concerned for over 30 years. When I became aware of the abuse allegation I worked to support the victims.

“I was acutely aware that the best agency to deal with the matter were the Gardaí and advised the family to report the matter to the Gardai.

“The victims disclosed the abuse when they became adults and decided not to notify the Gardaí. I fully recognise that going to the authorities is huge step for victims and supported their decision.

“Over the intervening period I have continued to support the family and advise them to go to the Gardaí. With the agreement of one of the alleged victims I arranged to accompany them to the Garda station to make a complaint. However shortly before the meeting the alleged victim decided not to go ahead at that time.

“I am aware a formal complaint has been made and a Gardaí investigation is underway. I hope that this will lead to some closure, justice and support for the family. I will provide any information I have on the matter as part of the Garda investigation and will continue to support the family.”