Northern Ireland

Enda Kenny 'happy' to meet with Maíria Cahill

Maíria Cahill
Image caption Maíria Cahill waived her right to anonymity to speak to the BBC's Spotlight programme

Irish prime minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny has said he is happy to meet a west Belfast woman who claims republicans were involved in a cover-up of sexual abuse.

Maíria Cahill said she was raped by a suspected IRA member and interrogated about it by the organisation.

The man she accused, Martin Morris, has consistently denied her claims and was acquitted of all charges.

An Irish government spokesperson said Ms Cahill had requested the meeting.

The spokesperson added that arrangements were being made to facilitate the request.

It is understood the meeting will discuss allegations Ms Cahill has made against Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams.

Ms Cahill waived her right to anonymity to speak to BBC Northern Ireland's Spotlight programme, broadcast on Tuesday night.

In the programme, Ms Cahill detailed the first of several meetings she had with Mr Adams about her abuse allegations.

He said he "totally refutes" her claims.

On Friday, Peter Robinson said that he would meet Ms Cahill on Monday and described her as "incredibly courageous".

Sinn Féin has also offered to meet with Ms Cahill to answer allegations she has made against party members.

The Belfast woman is a member of one of the republican movement's best-known families.

Her great uncle, Joe Cahill, was one of the founders of the Provisional IRA and was a long-time associate of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.

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