A Monday, May 12, 2014 photo from files showing Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams arriving for the launch of his party's EU manifesto in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)
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Allegations of a sexual abuse cover-up by IRA militants have caused a storm from Belfast to Dublin and drawn comparisons with the Catholic Church, as well as offering a rare glimpse into vigilante policing during the province's troubled past.A member of a prominent republican family whose great-uncle was one of the founders of the Provisional IRA, Cahill says she was sexually abused as a 16-year-old by an IRA member.Another senior Sinn Fein member, Martin McGuinness, a former leader of the IRA, has called for any victims to come forward.Cahill said her questioning at the hands of the IRA lasted six months and that the militants swore her to secrecy.Adams said republicans had developed more "victim-centered approaches" since the years of IRA policing, adding: "Those who wish to have these cases dealt with have that right.
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