Gerry Adams said he did not know if Máiría Cahill was brought face-to-face with her alleged abuser by IRA members
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said there is no possibility of him resigning over allegations that Republicans allowed abusers within their ranks to roam free and abuse with impunity.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Adams said he had a responsibility to those who elected him.
He said he had at all times acted properly and with propriety.
Mr Adams said: “There is no possibility of me resigning on this issue. I have a responsibility to those who elected me. I have a mandate. I behaved at all times properly and within propriety and will continue to do so.
“But any suggestion or innuendo or assertion that I or the party, which I am very proud to be a part of, was involved in any cover up whatsoever is wrong.”
Mr Adams also said he did not know if Máiría Cahill was brought face-to-face with her alleged abuser by IRA members.
Ms Cahill has claimed she was raped as a teenager in 1997 by a member of the IRA and later interrogated by the organisation.
Mr Adams said anyone who comes forward with allegations of sexual abuse should be supported.
The Sinn Féin leader said he did not know where the IRA expelled sex offenders to and repeated that the organisation was ill-equipped to deal with these offences.
He said he took grave exception to what the Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader and others have been saying about this issue.
Mr Adams said they had been making scurrilous and inaccurate remarks in an attempt to smear him and Sinn Féin.
He said they had implied that offenders had been moved to Louth, Donegal and Dublin and said if they had this information they should bring it to the gardaí.
Mr Adams called for an all-Ireland approach to dealing with the problem of sexual abuse.