Fianna Fáil Renew Call For Cross Border Commission Of Inquiry

Fianna Fáil has renewed its call for a Commission of Inquiry into allegations of abuse not dealt with by the respective justice systems on both sides of the border.

The party's spokesperson on Justice, Niall Collins, made the call following a Sunday Independent report on fresh allegations of a Sinn Féin cover-up.

Deputy Collins said: "I am sickened by the latest revelations ... which claim that Sinn Fein covered up the sexual abuse of hundreds of school boys by a deceased priest in the Newry area. The report quotes former IRA and Sinn Fein activist Brendan Curran who alleges that he was stopped by the republican movement ten years ago of raising this issue as it "was a negative story". This is an appalling revelation and highlights once again the provisional movement's double standards.

Deputy Collins called for cross border Commission of Inquiry to "fully investigate" the alleged cover ups.

"It must be a legally empowered, independent inquiry. Nothing else is acceptable. Those who have sought to pervert criminal investigations must be held accountable for their actions so that the victims of these horrific crimes can be afforded the justice they deserve," Deputy Adams added.


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