Northern Ireland Social and Democratic Labour Party leader Alasdair McDonnell stands accused of sexually abusing an 8 year old girl in Nazareth House.
He has been a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Northern Ireland for South Belfast since 1998 and been a MP in the Westminster House of Commons since 2005 
In April it is believed that Upper Bann SDLP [@SdLPlive] MLA Dolores Kelly confronted Alasdair McDonnell [@over the sex abuse allegation demanding that he step down as party leader and not go forward as the SDLP candidate in what was then the forthcoming Westminster election. It is reported that McDonnell was furious at this suggestion and threatened Dolores Kelly with legal action if she raised the allegation again. Dolores Kelly was adamant that due to the sex abuse claims forming part of a live investigation against Alasdair McDonnell he must step aside in a bid to save the party from implosion. McDonnell was having none of it, storming off with threats of legal action ringing in Dolores Kelly’s ears.
It is reported that in response to the sex abuse allegation leveled at SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell, a senior SDLP press officer, Nicola McHugh gave a response to the allegations by posting on her twitter account, (nicolamchugh@nicsdlp) a photo of a young girl posing with a photo of the accused sex offender Alasdair Mc Donnell with an attached caption “How could you say no?! @SDLPlive @AlasdairMcD_MP” 
It is further reported that in November 2014 SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell was instructed to make himself available to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for questioning regarding allegations that he abused an 8 year old girl during his time as the resident doctor in Nazareth House. McDonnell informed the PSNI that he would only make himself available for questioning if the interviews took place in London out of the glare of the northern [ireland] media. The PSNI agreed, and McDonnell was questioned in London. What justification is there for the specialist treatment of someone accused of sexual abuse? Why was there an unnecessary cost to the public purse in flying two PSNI detectives to London for the interview?
Further questions are being asked.
What has Alasdair McDonnell got to hide? Why not publicly refute these allegations? Instead McDonnell is threatening legal action in his scramble to have his identity remain a secret. This is now in the public domain so his attempts at keeping anonymity are futile. It is now time for him to publically acknowledge the claims and no longer use the courts to hide behind.
The SDLP is now firmly in the dock in attempting to cover up sexual abuse allegations against their party leader. As are those elected to represent the interests of SDLP voters. Their continued silence finds them culpable in the abuse cover-up. They must take responsible for their actions. How long will they allow this crime to continue? Their arrogance and hypocrisy is breath taking.
It is believed that ‘O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors’ are acting on behalf of McDonnell.
This leaflet was said to be advice for SDLP canvassers should the allegations be mentioned. Whether the original charges are true or not, this leaflet is in itself duplicitous. It states that if a voter is unknown then the canvasser should deny knowledge of the allegations, whereas if it is a known SDLP voter there are various actions including besmirching the accuser of McDonnell but admitting that McDonnell was questioned but released. This also appears to indicate he could have been arrested.
I do not know the truth of the claims, but since the corporate media has been silent on this issue, it is time that they were aired more widely. Perhaps the MP could make a press statement on the allegations, as it appears to be yet another cover up.
Just to correct the nonsense going round that 76 MPs are being investigated it is 76 local and national politicians NOT 76 MPs . It does the cause of truth no good to get this wrong.
Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers. National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups. Other useful sites are One in Four [C] and Havoca [D]. Useful post on Triggers [E] from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog. Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G] and Meditation [H] may be useful.
 2015 Apr 4 Statevictim Blog Day 6 SDLP Sex abuse allegations cover up http://statevictim.blog.com/2015/04/04/day-6-sdlp-sex-abuse-allegations-cover-up/
 2015 Apr 24 SDLP leaflet https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDxi7CZWIAAHzFn.jpg:large
 2015 May 20 Guardian 1,400 investigated in child sex abuse inquiry, including politicians http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/may/20/1400-suspects-operation-hydrant-politician-and-celebrity-child-sex-abuse-inquiry
[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html
[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post http://survivorsjustice.com/2014/02/26/triggers-what-are-they-and-how-do-we-work-through-them/
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