Northern Ireland

Four people accused of helping to cover up alleged abuse will not meet the Taoiseach

Mairia Cahill Image copyright PA

Four people accused of helping to cover up Maíria Cahill's alleged abuse will not meet the Irish Prime Minister, their solicitor has confirmed.

In a letter to Enda Kenny, Peter Madden said he had advised his clients Padraic Wilson, Seamus Finucane, Briege Wright and Agnes McCrory against any meetings.

Mr Madden said the advice came given Mr Kenny's "highly prejudicial statements and ongoing legal processes."

He confirmed the four have declined to meet Mr Kenny.

Earlier this month, Maíria Cahill told BBC Northern Ireland's Spotlight programme she was raped as a teenager and claimed the IRA helped to cover up her alleged abuse.

Five people accused in connection with the cases were all acquitted.

The Belfast-based solicitor represents four people who were accused of membership of the IRA as a result of Ms Cahill's allegations, but all charges against them were dropped after prosecutors offered no evidence.

Days after the BBC broadcast, Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service announced the independent review.

The cases to be reviewed involve the prosecution of Martin Morris, Padraic Wilson, Seamus Finucane, Briege Wright, and Agnes McCrory.

The Taoiseach met Ms Cahill in Dublin last week.

Mr Kenny wrote to Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams requesting a meeting with figures allegedly involved in an internal investigation by paramilitaries into Ms Cahill's claims.

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