Thursday 17 October 2019

'If he feels he can, he will' - Ahern says there are 'implications' for Gerry Adams if he discloses information on Stack murder

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern
Bertie Ahern
Austin Stack. Photo: Frank McGrath
Oliver and Austin Stack
Brian Stack
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said it is “horrendously difficult” to find answers for families who lost loved ones during The Troubles.

Reacting to the controversy over Gerry Adams’s refusal to give the name of an IRA figure who has information on the murder of prison officer Brian Stack, Mr Ahern said there are “implications always about breaching some of the things from the past”.

Speaking in Dublin today, Mr Ahern said: “To the best of knowledge on numerous issues over the last few years, Gerry Adams has cooperated with the guards.

“If he feels he can, he will and I suppose if he feels he can’t, he won’t.”

The ex-Fianna Fáil leader said he favours some formal process for seeking the truth but doesn’t expect one in the near future.

“I warned about this 16 or 17 years ago when I argued that we should have a peace and truth commission. I floated that one but the kite fell flat. There was no takers so I never pursued it again,” he said.

Mr Ahern added that there are thousands of cases where the full details may never emerge.“

“It’s very hard to put the circumstances of now into the circumstances of then,” he said.

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