Wednesday 7 December 2016

'Come clean on Stack killing,' the Taoiseach tells Adams

Published 02/12/2016 | 02:30

Speaking to LMFM from Cuba, Mr Adams said he did not know if the politicians were being
treated as 'murder suspects'. Photo: Tom Burke
Speaking to LMFM from Cuba, Mr Adams said he did not know if the politicians were being treated as 'murder suspects'. Photo: Tom Burke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald have said Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams must come clean on any information he has in relation to the murder of prison officer Brian Stack.

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Speaking last night, Mr Kenny said Mr Adams "seems to have known about this for a very long time", adding "this is another case of the full truth not being known".

The pair are the latest senior political figures to ramp up the pressure on Sinn Féin.

Ms Fitzgerald described the 1983 killing as an "utterly unjustifiable act of pointless violence".

She said gardaí were pursuing the killers of Brian Stack and would use any fresh information to advance their probe.

The Tánaiste said revelations that Mr Adams had linked the names of three serving Sinn Féin politicians to the killing was a serious development.

"Put simply, anybody with any such information should bring it directly and promptly to the gardaí, and everybody who can do so should co-operate fully with gardaí in seeking to bring to justice those who carried out this callous act," Ms Fitzgerald told the Irish Independent.

"As Justice Minister it would not be appropriate for me to comment on the details of Garda investigations, but it is fair to say that serious issues have been raised in the public domain by Deputy Adams recently which require answers."

Meanwhile, Enda Kenny said anyone who has committed an act of murder should be brought before the courts.

"Justice should apply to everybody, somebody who has murdered a man in cold-blood should be brought before the court to be punished by the courts and dealt with by the laws of the land," he said.

Silence

"The person or persons who carried that out were not brought before the courts, [and] were not punished by the courts. Kangaroo courts are no substitute for the courts of the land," Mr Kenny said.

Mr Adams broke his silence yesterday, three days after it was revealed that he sent the names to Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan in an email three days before the General Election.

Read more: Senior republican who killed Brian Stack 'disciplined' by IRA - Adams

Three of the men are serving Sinn Féin politicians, while the fourth is a ex-IRA boss. Speaking to LMFM from Cuba, Mr Adams said he did not know if the politicians were being treated as "murder suspects".

He said he contacted the politicians he named in the email to inform them of his intentions.

Mr Adams also said he was provided the names by the victim's son, Austin Stack, a claim that was once again contradicted by the Stack family last night.

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