Sinn Fein row brews over Gerry Adams' email on Stack killing
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is facing an angry showdown with party figures after he dramatically tied three of his own politicians to the brutal murder of Irish prison officer Brian Stack.
Mr Adams included the names of the three serving politicians in an email to Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan.
One, a household name, said last night he had no role in the murder of Mr Stack, and Mr Adams never consulted him prior to naming him in the email.
The politician said he will be seeking answers from Mr Adams as soon as he returns from Cuba, where he is attending the funeral of the late dictator, Fidel Castro.
A fourth man, also named in the email, is an alleged senior former boss of the Provisional IRA. In the Dail, Taoiseach Enda Kenny demanded that Sinn Féin come clean on the murder of Brian Stack, saying the family of the prison officer who died in 1984, a year after being shot, "deserve to know the truth".
Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan went much further, saying that he now expects the Garda investigation into the Stack murder to be "stepped up" following the decision by Mr Adams to provide the names to Commissioner O'Sullivan.
Mr Stack's son claims he never gave the names to Mr Adams during their several meetings in 2013. But Mr Adams insisted last night the names passed on to the Commissioner were provided to him by Mr Stack.
"I passed the names on to the Garda Commissioner while making clear that I have no information on the death of Brian Stack," Mr Adams said.