'Sinn Féin figures killed Stack'- son
Published 16/02/2016 | 02:30
The son of a prison officer who was murdered by the IRA during The Troubles has claimed that two senior Sinn Féin politicians were involved in the killing.
Austin Stack, whose father Brian was shot dead by the IRA, last night called on the Sinn Féin leadership to come clean on the identifies of his father's killers.
Mr Stack said he has received information from "several sources" which points to a "very senior and very recognisable Sinn Féin politician" as having sanctioned the murder, which took place in Dublin in March 1983.
And he alleged that a second senior Sinn Féin figure was involved in the "planning" of the operation. It is understood the information has been provided from sources within both republican and security circles.
Mr Stack (48) was serving as the Chief Prison Officer in Portlaoise when he was shot after leaving a boxing match at the National Stadium. He was paralysed, suffered brain damage, and died 18 months later.
The IRA finally admitted responsibility for Mr Stack's murder in 2013, having initially denied involvement. The admission was made during a meeting involving the victim's sons, Austin and Oliver, which was organised by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.
Mr Stack told the Irish Independent that Mr Adams and other Sinn Féin leaders have been involved in a cover-up "in order to protect those who now play a senior political role".
Pointing to Mr Adams's calls for those behind the two recent murders in Dublin to be put behind bars, Mr Stack said: "Would Adams say the same about those who gunned down my father in a very similar fashion on a Dublin street?
"Sinn Féin/IRA seem to have one set of standards for those they gun down in the streets and another for those gunned down by criminal gangs, the fact is they are all criminal gangs doing the same thing."
Last night a Sinn Féin spokeswoman said: "The development of the peace process means that no family should ever again suffer the loss that the Stack Family suffered. The family of Mr Stack has said that they have received additional information with regard to the killing of their father. This information needs to passed on to the gardai for investigation."