Belfast Telegraph

Gerry Adams to meet family of IRA murder victim Brian Stack

By Adrian Rutherford

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams will meet the family of a murdered Irish prison officer — but warned he may not be able to provide the answers they want.

Brian Stack was murdered by the IRA outside the National Stadium in Dublin in March 1983.

Mr Adams is accused of being a senior IRA figure at the time — an allegation which the Louth TD strongly denies.

The Stack family requested a meeting with Mr Adams to ask if he can furnish them with information about the murder.

Mr Adams said last night that we would meet them tomorrow evening.

“Over many years I have met other families in this same situation,” he said. “Some were victims of the IRA. Others were killed as a result of collusion between British state forces and loyalist death squads, or by the British Army and RUC, the UDR and other armed groups.

“The grief and trauma suffered by all of these families is the same.

“The family of prison officer Brian Stack asked me to meet them and this will take place on Thursday evening. I am happy to meet with the Stack family. As I told them in my reply: ‘I am content for you to raise these and any other issues which are important to your family’.”

But Mr Adams said “it would be remiss of me” to raise expectations that he or the Sinn Fein leadership can resolve matters for the family.

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