Thursday 23 May 2019

Senior republican who killed Brian Stack 'disciplined' by IRA - Adams

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke

Niall O'Connor

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has revealed that a senior republican figure who carried out the shooting of prison officer Brian Stack was “disciplined” by the IRA.

Mr Adams said the 1983 killing was not authorised by the IRA leadership which has since “apologised” to the Stack family and taken disciplinary action against the individual responsible.

The Louth TD also confirmed the revelations this week by the Irish Independent that he passed on the names of four individuals who may have information in relation to the murder to Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan.

He said this was his responsibility as a public representative – but insisted he does not know whether the party colleagues he names are suspects in the murder.

In an interview on his local radio station LMFM, Mr Adams said he is deeply concerned how the details of the email made their way into the public domain.

He also revealed that he has passed other information onto the gardaí in relation to criminality.

“I have passed information on to them over the years about criminal activity along the border, I have given the names of those who are suspected of being involved, I have given them other information, that’s my duty as both a citizen and a public servant,” Mr Adams told broadcaster Michael Reade.

Brian Stack’s son Austin insisted that he never gave the names of the individuals to Mr Adams. However, the Sinn Féin leader insists that he did.

Brian Stack. Photo: PA
Brian Stack. Photo: PA

On three occasions during the interview, Mr Adams said he was basing his comments on his recollection of events as he did not have any notes in his possession. He is currently in Cuba where he is attending the funeral of dictator Fidel Castro.

Mr Adams gave fresh details in relation to a meeting organised along the border between Austin Stack, his brother Oliver, and a senior IRA boss in 2013. The meeting was organised by Mr Adams, who has always maintained that he was not in the IRA.

“Also in the course of all of that, a former senior IRA volunteer who had carried out an investigation into all of this met with the Stack brothers, apologised for the shooting of their father, said it had not been authorised by the IRA leadership at that time, explained how difficult it was to get all of this necessary information because by that stage the IRA had left the field and was no longer intact,” he said.

“People had gone their own ways and some people had died and so on and so forth.

"But he [Senior IRA volunteer] acknowledged that a senior IRA person had authorised the shooting , apologised for that and said that that person had been subsequently disciplined and he put on record his regrets. All of that became a matter of public news in and around the time.”

Mr Adams says the names of the individuals were sent in an email to the Commissioner before the election.

Austin Stack believes Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is in regular contact with his father’s killers. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Austin Stack believes Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is in regular contact with his father’s killers. Pic Frank Mc Grath

He said he notified most of those named before the email was sent.

“I’m not making any comment at all on the names of the people involved. That’s not my business to point the finger.”

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