Police to quiz Mairia Cahill

NewsBy Paula Mackin
Mairia Cahill
Mairia Cahill

Mairia Cahill is to be questioned by police about the alleged harassment of Catherine McCartney.

The Sunday World can reveal Cahill is to be quizzed by the PSNI after they received a complaint about repeated harassment of the sister of murder victim Robert McCartney via social media and telephone.

Police last night were set to contact Mairia Cahill, who is believed to be living in Derry, after viewing evidence of the allegedly offensive material.

“There is a strong possibility that Mairia Cahill could be charged, as the evidence seen so far would warrant that,” a security source told us.

What is not clear is why the women’s friendship turned sour, for the Sunday World can reveal Catherine opened up her home to Cahill in the wake of her rape allegations.

The West Belfast woman, the grand-niece of top IRA man Joe Cahill, claimed she was sexually abused as a teenager by an IRA member and that the republican movement covered it up.

Ms Cahill said she was attacked and raped by an activist from the age of 16 for a period of 12 months in 1997 and that the IRA they conducted a ‘kangaroo court’ and forced her to confront her alleged rapist during their internal inquiry.

Catherine McCartney’s brother Robert was murdered outside Magennis’s pub in Belfast city centre in January 2005.

His dedicated and devastated sisters and fiancée travelled the world tirelessly campaigning for his murderers to be brought to justice.

Catherine McCartney last night confirmed that she had reported Cahill to police.  “Yes, I have reported Mairia Cahill to the police for harassment but that’s all I am willing to say,” she told us.