<b>Mairia Cahill</b> is a former Irish Senator and Councillor. At the age of sixteen she was abused by a member of the IRA and waived anonymity in 2014 for an award-winning BBC documentary about her treatment by the Sinn Féin party and Irish criminal justice system. This led to a furore in the Irish media and debates in Dail Eireann and the Northern Irish Assembly, culminating in an investigation by Sir Keir Starmer and a public apology from the DPP. Cahill now writes a political opinion column for the <i>Sunday Independent</i>, has written for the <i>Belfast Telegraph</i> and <i>Fortnight Magazine</i> and regularly appears as a media commentator. She has been described as 'a force to be reckoned with' by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny and 'incredibly courageous' by former Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson. Cahill lives in Belfast with her daughter.