Austin Stack confronts Gerry Adams at public event

The son of a murdered prison officer today confronted Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at a press conference and told him to cooperate with gardaí on an investigation into his father's killing, writes Juno McEnroe, Political Correspondent.

Austin Stack called Mr Adams a liar at the party's event at a Dublin city centre hotel and demanded that the party leader give gardaí crucial information that might help identify his father's killers.

Mr Stack and his brother Oliver met an IRA figure in a secret meeting on the border in 2013, in which Mr Adams accompanied the two in a blacked-out van. This IRA man knew their father's killers, the two sons of the deceased were told.

The latest dramatic turn in events comes after Mr Adams in the Dáil last night called the killing of prison officer Brian Stack in 1983 wrong as he said he had tried to help the Stack family.

But he questioned if giving up the names of IRA officials would help the peace process.

Two Sinn Féin TDs - Dessie Ellis and Martin Ferris - were also named during the Dáil exchanges about the Stack murder. Their names were among four given to gardaí by Mr Adams earlier this year. Both strongly deny any link to the Stack murder.

Mr Stack today confronted the party leader and said: "Gerry Adams, you have information that is crucial to the investigation of my father's murder.

"Gerry Adams, you took myself and my brother in a blacked-out van to meet with a senior IRA figure, a man you said you trusted.

"Gerry Adams, I want you to give that information to the gardaí. I'm not interested any more in hearing your lies and your untruths."

Mr Adams rejected the claims made by Mr Stack (pictured below).

Austin Stack confronts Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams during a Sinn Féin press conference at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin today. Picture: PA
Austin Stack confronts Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams during a Sinn Féin press conference at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin today. Picture: PA

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