Monday 24 October 2016

Adams: I've spoken to two SF members allegedly behind Brian Stack murder

Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan

Published 24/02/2016 | 13:56

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams

SINN Féin leader Gerry Adams says he has spoken to two party members who are alleged to have been involved in the murder of IRA murder victim Brian Stack.

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But Mr Adams has repeatedly refused to reveal what role the individuals currently serve within Sinn Fein.

Brian Stack, who was the chief prison officer at Portlaoise,  was shot in the back of the neck by the IRA in Dublin in 1983. He died from brain injuries 18 months later.

In 2013, the IRA admitted to the murder during a meeting with the Stack family at an undisclosed location close to the border. The meeting was arranged by Mr Adams.

But the controversy has resurfaced during the election campaign after the victim’s son, Austin Stack, claimed to have been given credible information that two senior members of Sinn Fein were involved in the murder.

The victim’s widow, Sheila Stack, today called on Mr Adams to come clean with the truth.

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
Austin Stack. Photo: Frank McGrath

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Speaking at Sinn Féin’s final press conference before polling day, Mr Adams claimed to have spoken to the two individuals whose names he said were given to him by Austin Stack. Mr Stack has denied this he gave the names to Mr Adams.

Mr Adams said he he asked the two individuals to meet with the Stack family but they refused.

"First of all the names of the people that Mr Stack said he wanted to talk to to, I spoke to them, they denied any involvement . He told me he got the names from An Garda Siochana. An Garda Siochana have the names,” Mr Adams said.

The Sinn Féin politician said he is not withholding any information from gardai because they have the names of the Sinn Féin members.

Mr Adams was also asked about the biography of Sinn Féin TD for Kerry Martin Ferris, which describes Brian Stack as “vindictive” who was “despised” by his colleagues and other prisoners.

Mr Ferris was the officer commander of the IRA in Portlaoise Prison while Mr Stack served as Chief Prison Officer there. 

When it was put to Mr Adams that he should consider asking Mr Ferris to withdraw the claims in his book, he replied: "That’s a matter entirely for Martin Ferris. That's a matter for him entirely, he was in Portlaoise, I wasn’t”.

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