Fine Gael Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick has called on Sinn Fein Deputy Gerry Adams to give gardai the names of “suspected child sex abusers who were expelled out of Northern Ireland by Sinn-IRA and moved into border counties, including county Louth in order to avoid publicity and the full rigours of the law”.
Deputy Fitzpatrick said many of his constituents have approached him with their concerns about this issue.
“Over the past number of weeks,” he said, “it has been confirmed that suspected child sex abusers were expelled out of Northern Ireland by Sinn Fein/ IRA and relocated to other areas including Louth. It is simply unacceptable that Gerry Adams, a TD for Louth, has not given the names of these people to the appropriate authorities.
“The names of these people need to be reported and their present whereabouts confirmed. At present suspected abusers are living among communities who have no idea of the dangers they may be exposed to and these crimes must be investigated.
“There is no issue more serious than the sexual abuse of children and minors and on this occasion I believe Gerry Adams needs to speak out and answer truthfully the many questions that remain unanswered,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
Deputy Adams has said he does not know where the IRA expelled alleged sex offenders to.
On the RTE Radio 1 programme Morning Ireland, on Monday morning, he said he had acknowledged it was a mistake for the IRA to attempt to deal with alleged sex offenders.
IRA members had “good intentions” but were “ill-equipped” to deal with such matters, he said. He accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of engaging in “theatrics” and setting aside due process.