Thirty years since his death, the IRA have admitted responsibility for killing Portlaoise Prison Chief Officer Brian Stack.
In a statement made today Friday August 9, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams extended his regret at the killing.
“I want to pay tribute to the Stack family – to Sheila Stack and her sons, Austin, Kieran and Oliver. On behalf of Sinn Féin, I extend my regret at the killing of Brian.I hope that these recent developments will help them achieve the closure they have sought for 30 years.”
A ex commander of the IRA said the shooting was in response to the “brutal” prison regime in Portlaoise, but said it was not authorised by leaders of the organisation.
“Some years later, when the Army Council discovered that its volunteers had shot Prison Officer Brian Stack, the volunteer responsible for the instruction was disciplined”, the statement said.
Brian Stack was shot in the back of the neck as he left the National Boxing Stadium in 1983, dying 18 months later. He is the only prison officer in the republic to have been assassinated.
Followed the thirtieth anniversary of his death in May, marked by the unveiling of a bust and renaming of the training centre at Portlaoise prison campus, sons Austin and Oliver Stack upped their campaign to find who was responsible, meeting Gerry Adams and a former commander of the IRA.
His family said today that while the acknowledgement brought some closure they were still left with unanswered questions.
“We today again call for Garda Commissioner Callinan to meet with us directly, to provide us with an update on the current investigation and an explanation for the failures in the original investigation,” their statement says.
The Garda Press office says a detective Garda Superintendant has been appointed to liaise with the family and that the investigation into Brian Stack’s death is ongoing.
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