Sinn Fein Vice President Mary Lou McDonald has difficulty believing Máiría Cahill's account of her meeting with Gerry Adams where she raised the matter of her rape at the hands of an IRA member. Mary Lou, it would seem, is ready to buy into the suggestion that Gerry only met with Máiría so that he could introduce her to his toys. Despite the very demanding schedule imposed on him by the imperatives of the peace process, meeting world leaders and such like, he found time to bring Máiría, Tom, Ted and Rubber Ducky together for a run around the mulberry bush.
In the same breath McDonald has no difficulty in believing Gerry Adams’ account of never having been a member of the IRA. This much at least was confirmed by the interview she gave to Ivan Yeats this morning on Newstalk. Yeats knew he had nailed her, collected his bookies winnings and left, not before stating that for such an intelligent, articulate woman, McDonald was given to a large amount of blind faith. Gerry Adams, old lady killer that he is, certainly has worked his considerable charm on her.
Máiría Cahill is now the second woman rape victim to have accused Adams of gross impropriety in the handling of rape cases, the first being his own niece Aine Tyrell. Yeats put it to McDonald that in her attempt to buttress the narrative of her party leader she was in fact demonising Cahill.
As a woman with an ostensibly strong feminist inclination Mary Lou McDonald might be expected to show empathy with another woman who she believes was raped by a member of the IRA. Instead she is reinforcing the brazen dissembling of the man who was on the army council of the IRA at the time Máiría Cahill was raped by one of his subordinates. As a member of the army council the individual finger print of Gerry Adams formed an integral part of the collective hand of the army council which specified the terms of reference governing how IRA justice was both processed and administered. The imprimatur of the army council was on the IRA’s internal adjudication of the rape claim made by Cahill. What McDonald goes into denial about is that Adams cannot plausibly castigate the IRA as behaving wrongly in its handling of the Cahill case without explaining that the IRA merely handled it within the guidelines set out by Adams and the army council.
That army council might well be a thing of the past given that the IRA’s war is long over, but the organisational methodology of war is still at play including the observation of the rule of war that the first casualty must be truth. Despite its influx of post-war activists Sinn Fein seeks to continue to function as the totalitarian entity it was during the war years when much of its authoritarianism could be explained away on the grounds of military exigency. Mary Lou McDonald has acquiesced in this, apparently guided by the ethos of unquestioning obedience to the leader, no matter how unsustainable his assertions.
By allowing herself to be incorporated into the organised lying of the party, the subliminal message being transmitted by McDonald to Irish society is this: a party that lies so much in its pursuit of office will surely lie just as much to retain office. Any government with Sinn Fein as an integral component would become an impenetrable fog where every means would be used to curb media scrutiny much like Gerry Adams has sought to curb the Independent News Group who looked too closely at Mr Adams’ record in regards to allegations of covering up child rape.
Mary Lou McDonald has a duty of care to rape victims and a duty of candour to society. But she has waived her obligations out of a duty of deception to her party leader Gerry Adams. If she continues in the same track she really will affirm the definition of a demagogue as a person who preaches what he knows is untrue to women he suspects of being idiots, capable of ingesting any old mush.