Laois’ Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley who helped initiate meetings between the Stack family and Gerry Adams, backs the family’s request for a truth and reconciliation commission.
“I acted immediately when I was asked last March. I welcome this outcome, this has been a terrible loss for the Stack family. They have got some answers as to what organisation killed their father and why. It is obviously a terrible trauma but a lot of other families have experienced this, republican families in particular,” he said.
He said the identity of the shooters was confidential.
“The IRA have disbanded, Gerry wasn’t going to get any co-operation if he said he couldn’t guarantee confidentiality,” he said.
Asked if the shooter should be identified and serve prison time, he said the crime should be dealt with through the Good Friday process.
“There is an amnesty for people on all sides, involved in all incidents related to the conflict, there are provisions regarding prisoners being released. This family has brought this case substantially forward. What needs to happen now is to put a process in place for all those families,” he said, asking Garda Commissioner Callinan to meet the family.
“It should happen. He wasn’t in the job then, he inherited this, he can’t undo it, but he can meet them,” he said.