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"The family looked up to him...we had no reason not to trust him."

Paudie McGahon waives his right to anonymity to speak about his rape by Seamus Marley, an alleged IRA man

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17.48 20 May 2019


"The family looked up to him...we had no reason not to trust him."


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17.48 20 May 2019


“I was taking on a powerful monster with limitless resources and a record of burying anyone who ever tried to expose the truth at the centre of its rotten heart. A few sad childhood rape victims could be easily swatted away and silenced.”

Those are the words of Paudie McGahon who saw his rapist, Seamus Marley, jailed for seven years in the past few weeks. Marley was also an alleged "IRA man".

In this interview, Paudie shares his memories of the so-called "kangaroo court" in 2002 after which Paudie and another victim were offered three choices: to have Marley shot, to be given the opportunity to beat Marley, or to have him exiled. They chose option three.

However, they would learn at sentencing that Marley had worked with children with autism as well as teach English internationally after his supposed exile.

Here he tells his story to Ivan about deciding to take his allegations to gardai, and his decision to waive his right to anonymity after the sentencing.


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