'If you don't know, then you can't tell' - Adams
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams took part in a testy interview on RTÉ's 'This Week' programme yesterday. Below are some extracts from his answers to the key questions outstanding:
On why he won't give the name of the IRA figure who met the Stack brothers in 2013 to An Garda Síochána:
"Because I gave my word. This isn't about me protecting anybody by the way. It's about the integrity and the possibility of getting truth and getting closure for all of those many families."
Should Mr Adams not speak to the IRA figure to see whether he will agree to talk to gardaí?
"That's a matter entirely for him... The two brothers reassured him there would be no repercussions. I have no intention of revisiting this part of that issue.
Will Mr Adams attempt to find out what 'sanction' was imposed on Brian Stack's killer by the IRA?
"Why would I? I'm not an investigative agency. I have learned over the years that if you don't know, you can't tell. So I can tell you my focus was in getting this family what they asked for."
On whether the killing of Brian Stack breached the IRA's own rulebook:
"They weren't my rules. Because they were against the rules I didn't for a moment think there was any Republican involved."
Would Mr Adams like to see the killers of Brian Stack brought before the courts?
"I want to see all of the families, including the Stack family, getting the type of closure they want, whether that means through courts, whether that means through truth recovery, whether that means acknowledgment or whether that means they just have the peace to get on with their lives."
When asked if he could provide any more information:
"See, as far as I'm concerned in this case, I delivered on this case. In 2013, we came to a conclusion on the process I was involved in. I did my very best. I'm disappointed about the way that it has turned out. It's clearly being used by the Fianna Fáil and the Taoiseach and others. I have done my best for the Stack family."
Asked if he gave the four names to gardaí because of political pressure:
"The ridiculous playacting. The ridiculous way they used this terrible murder to get at Sinn Féin."