Mairia Cahill says her family is seeking legal advice following claims by Gerry Adams

Ms Cahill called on the Sinn Féin leader "to put up, or shut up"

Mairia Cahill says her family is seeking legal advice following claims by Gerry Adams

Mairia Cahill. Image: Photocall Ireland

Mairia Cahill says her family is taking legal advice after Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams claimed she was abused by her uncle.

The 33-year-old says she was raped by a prominent member of the IRA when she was 16.

Ms Cahill says her abuser was an uncle through marriage - and some of her 12 blood-relative uncles are seeking legal advice after Mr Adams' comments during a radio interview at the weekend.

Speaking on Newstalk Lunchtime today, she called on the Sinn Féin leader "to put up, or shut up", and she says she would like Mr Adams to join her for a debate on the 'finer points' of the case.

She started by discussing the Gerry Adams interview at the weekend:

A review into how Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service handled three cases of abuse against Mairia Cahill and two other women by an IRA member was released last week.

The report was carried out by former Director of Public Prosecutions in England Keir Starmer. Starmer found the PPS failed around strategic planning, management of the cases, and in communication and consultation with the victims.