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Irish terror victims are 'ignored by government'

By Staff Reporter

The son of the only Irish prison officer to be killed in the Troubles has said victims south of the border are set to lose out as legacy issues are hammered out in Northern Ireland.

Austin Stack's father Brian, the chief officer at Portlaoise Prison, was shot in the neck by the Provisional IRA in 1983. He died after 18 months in hospital.

Yesterday Mr Stack called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to intervene in the victims' consultation process, which he said has seen southern victims "discriminated against, ignored and left out".

The process outlines plans for a Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) to investigate over 1,700 unsolved murders. The plans also propose an Independent Commission on Information Retrieval to enable victims and survivors to receive details privately about Troubles-related deaths.

The public consultation will run until September 10.

Mr Stack said that while a "full process of engagement has been going on in Northern Ireland, Irish victims and those from Northern Ireland now living here have effectively been ignored by our own government".

He added: "The Taoiseach must ensure that this situation is reversed immediately."

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