Will Faulkner pins Sinn Féin TD on why Gerry Adams won’t give up IRA figure key to murder investigation

Written 3 years ago by Rebecca Donnelly


 

“These issues are sorted out by Garda investigations and if people have information, that’s where they go with it”

“Except your party leader?”

 

In a robust defence of the Sinn Féin President, Laois TD Brian Stanley has described how he was asked by Will Faulkner in a 2013 interview on Midlands 103 if he would arrange a meeting between Gerry Adams and the sons of Brian Stack, a Portlaoise prison officer murdered over 30 years ago. This began a process in which Austin and Oliver Stack would meet a former Republican figure who admitted the IRA was involved in the shooting, that it had been unsanctioned and that ‘disciplinary’ action was taken. Brian Stanley maintains that all parties agreed to confidentiality and accuses the Stack brothers of breaking that arrangement. He says Austin Stack has shifted from his 2013 position in which he thanked Mr Adams for facilitating the process.

Then came this exchange with Will Faulkner:

WF:        Given the gravity of what happened to his family, is he not entitled to change his mind over time?

BS:          He is… but not in terms… he’s entitled to be angry over the death of his father but he’s not entitled to be angry over changing the facts of the case…”

WF:        Changing what facts?

BS:          … and then in February 2016…

WF:        Changing what facts?

BS:          … he tweeted that has given the names…

WF:        Changing what facts?

BS:          Well I’m telling you there are a number of inconsistencies here, right, that he stated at the time that he didn’t want people going to jail…

WF:        And you said he’s entitled to change his mind but not the facts – change what facts?

BS:          Well he has changed his position on that. He has changed his position on that…

WF:        Which you’ve said he’s entitled to do. So what facts has he changed?

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Eventually, Deputy Stanley was asked if he wished, politically, that Mr Stack would go away.

BS:          No, no. I don’t want anybody to go away. There’s no need for anybody to go away.

WF:        So how do you intend to sort this issue?

BS:          Well that’s not for me. I’m not…. My answer is that these issues are sorted out by Garda investigations and if people have information, that’s where they go with it.

WF:        Except your party leader?

BS:          Well I believe Gerry Adams…

WF:        You’ve just said these issues are sorted by Garda investigations and if people have information, that’s where they go. Except your party leader?

BS:          Gerry Adams is in a situation where he acted in good faith to organise a confidential meeting     and I believe in the situation that he’s in, he has to hold the position that he has, because he acted in good faith….

WF:        Right. So your rule doesn’t apply to him then?

BS:          What I’m saying to is that if Gerry Adams breaches that confidentiality, then the whole show     is over, isn’t it?

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has today accused Deputy Adams of failing to make a true statement when he claimed to have no information on Brian Stack’s murder. Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty has issued six questions for the Sinn Féin President to answer, including the name of the IRA figure who met with the Stacks in 2013.