Saturday 22 October 2016

Adams: I've been given the names of alleged Stack killers

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 21/02/2016 | 17:31

Gerry Adams. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Gerry Adams. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

SINN Féin leader Gerry Adams has said he has been informed of the names of two senior party figures allegedly involved in the brutal murder of prison officer Brian Stack.

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But Mr Adams insisted it is not his responsibility to speak to the two individuals involved, adding: “This is not an election issue” for Sinn Féin.

Mr Stack was shot by the IRA in Dublin during the Troubles and died of his injuries 18 months later.

In 2013, the IRA finally admitted responsibility for the killing at a meeting with the victim’s family which was set up by Mr Adams. 

But the victim’s son Austin says he has obtained credible information that suggests two senior Sinn Fein figures, who currently both hold office, were involved in the 1983 murder.

Pressed about the claims at a Sinn Féin election event in Dublin City today, Mr Adams admitted that he has been provided with the names of the politicians alleged to have been involved.

Austin Stack. Photo: Frank McGrath
Austin Stack. Photo: Frank McGrath
Brian Stack

“He did give me certainly names but these are allegations,” Mr Adams said.

“This is not an election issue for us by the way. No more than the other issues that have been raised.  I’m the person who went and met with the Stack family and listened to the effect their father’s long illness and death had on them and particularly on their mum. So we will continue to try and deal with these issues and try and deal with them in a way that brings closure for the families involved. We will do that when the election is over, we will do that before the election. And I hope you continue with your interest in this and all the other cases that need attention after the election.”

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