Adams forced into talks

The offer to meet came after a public appeal was made last month on the thirtieth anniversary of the fatal shooting.

The offer to meet came after a public appeal was made last month on the thirtieth anniversary of the fatal shooting.

Brian Stack’s eldest son Austin, Assistant Governer in Wheatfield Prison, has been campaigning for many years to find who was responsible for his father’s death. He welcomed the offer of a meeting, which he says was in reaction to the coverage his appeal got.

“This is definitely a move forward. We have agreed to meet, we are still waiting on communication back as to a date (of the meeting),” he said.

Brian Stack was responsible for security in Portlaoise Prison at the time of his death in 1984.

He was fatally shot in a Dublin street as he walked out of the National Boxing Stadium after the national final. He died from his injuries 18 months later, leaving his wife Sheila and three young sons.

Austin firmly believes the IRA were responsible.

“The modus, the opportunity and the ability lie with them. We still feel the answer lies within Sinn Féin. We are asking someone to take responsibility, we are not looking for revenge,” he said.

Laois Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley reiterated his belief that the IRA were not responsible, but was instrumental in organising the upcoming meeting to help the family.

“Gerry Adams is more than happy to meet and help any way he can. I would like to see this case solved, the family obviously deserve that,” he said.

Brian Stack is to be officially honoured next Friday, May 3 by the Irish Prison Service, when Minister for Justice Alan Shatter will unveil a bronze bust in his likeness in The Irish Prison Service Training Centre. The centre will then be renamed ‘ Brian Stack House’.

The family will be presented with the first ‘Brian Stack Medal’, which will replace the Gold prison service Merit Medal.

“We are very happy that is happening. It is good, the Prison Service have put a lot of effort into it.” Austin said.