Meath East Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, Regina Doherty, has said that the President of Sinn Féin, Deputy Gerry Adams, is potentially obstructing the course of justice by refusing to provide the name of the Senior IRA member who he brought the Stack brothers to meet.
The Government Chief Whip said “Yesterday, I called on Gerry Adams to answer six specific questions in relation to the circumstances surrounding the murder of Irish prison officer, Brian Stack, in 1983; the leader of Sinn Féin refused to answer these questions in his personal statement in the Dáil. Gerry Adams now continues to potentially obstruct the course of justice by refusing to provide the name of the senior IRA member who he brought the sons of murdered Brian Stack to meet.
“Gerry knows the name of the senior IRA official that he brought the Stack brothers to meet and has an obligation to provide the Gardaí with this information. In refusing to do so, the President of Sinn Féin, a democratically elected member of our national parliament, is allowing a man to, quite literally, get away with murder.
“It is not up to the IRA, Gerry Adams or Sinn Féin to dictate what the necessary and appropriate punishment for any murder is or should be. Any attempt by an individual, or indeed the leader of another political party, to take the law into their own hands would simply not be tolerated.
“We have come a great distance since the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement; Adams’ assertions that the questions being asked of him and his knowledge of Stack’s murder are for nothing more than political point scoring which will put our peace process in jeopardy is wholly untrue. Rather, the solidarity and peace on this island are at perpetual risk as long as Gerry buries information and conceals names allegedly linked to a murder from the Gardaí.”