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Gerry Adams has names of prison officer's alleged killers

By Niall O'Connor

Published 23/02/2016

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams has said he has been informed of the names of two senior party figures allegedly involved in the murder of Irish prison officer Brian Stack.

But the Sinn Fein leader insisted it is not his responsibility to speak to the individuals involved.

Mr Stack was shot by the IRA in Dublin in 1983 and died of his injuries 18 months later. In 2013, the IRA finally admitted responsibility for the killing at a meeting with the victim’s family set up by Mr Adams.

But the victim’s son Austin says he has obtained credible information that suggests two senior Sinn Fein figures, who both hold office, were involved.

In Dublin city yesterday, Mr Adams admitted that he has been provided with the names.

But he said it is an issue for the police. Standing alongside deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald, he said: “This man should not have been shot. He should not have died as a result of his injury. I’ve made that very, very, very clear.

“So, it isn’t my job to go along to Mary Lou and say ‘Did you do this, or did you do that, or did you do that?’ That leads to another question. The issue is An Garda Siochana should be dealing with this.”

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