Man claims he was raped by an IRA member as a teenager

Claims: Alleged victim Paudie McGahon
Claims: Alleged victim Paudie McGahon

A man has come forward claiming he was the victim of a rape at the hands of an IRA member when he was just a teenager.

Paudie McGahon told BBC Spotlight he was subjected to the sexual abuse at his home in County Louth, which was being used as a safe house for on-the-run terrorists. 

Despite being told his life may be in danger, the 40-year-old has decided to go public with his story. 

He told the BBC his alleged abuser - who is from a prominent Belfast republican family - warned him not to ever reveal his identity. 

"The man who attacked me had been hiding in our home and when he was finished, he said: 'Listen to me, if you ever open your mouth about this to anybody you'll be found on a border road'.

"Many's a person asks me 'why didn't you go to a doctor? Why didn't you go to this?'

"This isn't stuff that you walk into a doctor and say, 'your man raped me last night'," Mr McGahon said.

He told the BBC he was subjected to an IRA "kangaroo court" after a Sinn Féin representative was told of the allegations.

In a second meeting with the republican group, Mr McGahon claimed he was told that the alleged perpetrator had admitted abusing not just him, but others too. He said they had him detained and that he'd confessed.

McGahon told the programme that the IRA man said: "We have him in custody. We have other comrades standing over him at the minute.

"He is in custody and he is not going anywhere until we have dealt with him. But by the way, he has admitted to doing what he did, plus other people."

McGahon was told he had several options, none of which involved the Gardai or the media. 

"The first one was for them to deal with it - put a bullet in the back of his head," Mr McGahon said. "It was said with such ease you knew that it wouldn't be a problem."

He said it was eventually agreed that the man would be expelled to England.

The 'Spotlight' programme airs tonight on BBC NI at 10.45pm.