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Sinn Fein gives police list of suspected IRA rapists, child abusers as government mulls probe

  • FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, May 12, 2014, showing Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams arriving for the launch of his party's EU manifesto in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Sinn Fein leader Adams has faced several weeks of accusations accusing him of shielding members of the outlawed Irish Republican Army from investigation for rape and child molestation, but now says his Irish nationalist party has delivered a list of suspected IRA rapists and child abusers to police as the government considers mounting a fact-finding inquiry. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, FILE)

    FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, May 12, 2014, showing Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams arriving for the launch of his party's EU manifesto in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein leader Adams has faced several weeks of accusations accusing him of shielding members of the outlawed Irish Republican Army from investigation for rape and child molestation, but now says his Irish nationalist party has delivered a list of suspected IRA rapists and child abusers to police as the government considers mounting a fact-finding inquiry. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, FILE)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this file photo dated Monday May 5, 2014, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams smiles during a political party rally in West Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein leader Adams has faced several weeks of accusations accusing him of shielding members of the outlawed Irish Republican Army from investigation for rape and child molestation, but Monday Nov. 24, 2014, says his Irish nationalist party has delivered a list of suspected IRA rapists and child abusers to police as the government considers mounting a fact-finding inquiry.(AP Photo/Peter Morrison, FILE)

    FILE- In this file photo dated Monday May 5, 2014, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams smiles during a political party rally in West Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein leader Adams has faced several weeks of accusations accusing him of shielding members of the outlawed Irish Republican Army from investigation for rape and child molestation, but Monday Nov. 24, 2014, says his Irish nationalist party has delivered a list of suspected IRA rapists and child abusers to police as the government considers mounting a fact-finding inquiry.(AP Photo/Peter Morrison, FILE)  (The Associated Press)

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams says his Irish nationalist party has delivered a list of suspected IRA rapists and child abusers to police as the government considers mounting a fact-finding inquiry into the scandal.

Over the past month, Adams has faced accusations of shielding members of the outlawed Irish Republican Army from investigation for rape and child molestation. His chief accuser, alleged rape victim Mairia Cahill, says Adams discouraged her from going to police in favor of a secret IRA investigation.

Adams said Monday he had provided police a list of men who fled from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland after being accused of sexual crimes.

Adams told Irish broadcasters RTE that the list "came to me anonymously. It was left in my letterbox at home in Belfast."