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Gerry Adams insists he does not know who murdered Brian Stack: 'I don’t have information on a crime'

Gerry Adams has said that he does not know who killed prison officer Brian Stack in 1983.

The Sinn Féin leader facilitated a meeting between an IRA member and the murdered man’s sons, Austin and Oliver, in 2013. During that meeting, details of Brian Stack’s murder were disclosed.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio One this morning, Adams said that he does not know who committed that murder and also questioned Austin Stack’s account of the meeting.

He said: “I don’t have information on a crime... Austin Stack has said that the individual we met told us he had met the perpetrators. He didn’t tell us that.”

Mr Adam’s also said that he was under the understanding that the Stacks were happy to keep their meeting with the IRA member confidential and honour agreements were made prior to the arrangement.

He said: “The two of us sat down and put together a process that could have worked and it was based on confidentiality and trust. I actually thought I had developed a good working relationship with Austin.

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“They said they wanted to know if the IRA had killed their father, they wanted acknowledgement, they wanted closure.

"They said they didn't want revenge, [they said] “we’re not interested in anyone going to jail,” Mr Adams also told the programme.

In an interview with RTÉ’s Prime Time last night, Austin Stack said he was confident that he knew the identity of the IRA member he met.

He also once again called on Gerry Adams to hand whatever information he has over to the gardaí.

Mr Stack also criticised both Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, for what he described as political point scoring in relation to his father’s death.

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