Monday 27 February 2017

Gerry Adams under renewed pressure to reveal knowledge of Prison Officer Brian Stack's killers

John Downing

John Downing

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

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams today came under renewed pressure to act upon his knowledge about the killers of the Prison Officer Brian Stack.

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins said it was outrageous that a political party leader appeared to know about the identity of Mr Stack’s killers – yet he still insisted that it was simply a matter for the gardaí.

Mr Collins said if any other party leader – in Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael or Labour – were in such a position there would be a national outcry.

“It just shows how toxic Sinn Féin are as they try to masquerade as a credible party,” the Limerick TD said.

Brian Stack was shot by the IRA during the Troubles Photo: Irish Prisons/PA Wire
Brian Stack was shot by the IRA during the Troubles Photo: Irish Prisons/PA Wire

Mr Collins also noted that some Sinn Féin members had sought in a book to relegate the 1983 murder of Mr Stack, a serving prison officer, “as a mere footnote to history.” 

He called on Mr Adams to come forward and tell all he knows about the identity of Mr Stack’s killers who are reputedly senior Sinn Féin members.

The Limerick TD said the party was pleased to see many opinion polls showing their fortunes were revived ahead of Friday’s vote but he stressed he was taking nothing for granted.

Mr Collins brushed asides suggestions by Renua that they were prepared to “act as watchdog” on a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil coalition. He insisted that Fianna Fáil would not “prop up Fine Gael” in government.

But he was notably careful not to totally rule out his party supporting a minority Fine Gael-led government, along lines done in reverse in 1987, when then-Fine Gael leader, Alan Dukes, backed a minority Fianna Fáil government.

The Fianna Fáil justice spokesman was launching a policy on crime victims’ support which includes a measure to make criminals pay a levy towards compensation victims of the misdeeds. The document also calls for a sentencing commission on criminal cases to ensure greater consistency and tougher sentences where appropriate.

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