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IrelandStack family receive apology from garda commissioner in relation to murder investigation

14:10  10 july  2019
14:10  10 july  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Gerry Adams interviewed by gardaí probing the murder of prison officer Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was interviewed by gardaí on his role in facilitating a meeting between murdered chief prison officer Brian Stack's sons and a senior Provisional IRA figure. The revelation comes as Mr Stack's sons prepare to meet Garda Commissioner Drew Harris this morning to discuss the ongoing investigation into the brutal murder of their father by IRA terrorists. Ahead of the meeting, Austin Stack issued a statement in which he said Mr Adams had been interviewed by gardaí.

The Garda Commissioner (Irish: Coimisinéir an Gharda Síochána) – officially known as the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána – is the head of the Garda Síochána, the national police force of the Republic of Ireland.

An Garda Síochána has rejected claims by the family of murdered chief prison officer Brian Stack that a “The family met with the investigation team and an assistant commissioner in January 2016 and made them aware of this information.” “The investigation team is receiving the co-operation of all

Stack family receive apology from garda commissioner in relation to murder investigation © Gerry Mooney Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Picture: Gerry Mooney

The Stack family say they have received an apology from Garda Commissioner Drew Harris in relation to the handling of the investigation into the murder of prison officer Brian Stack in 1983.

Speaking after a meeting at Garda headquarters today, Austin Stack said gardai will submit a file to the DPP but do not believe there is sufficient evidence to bring a prosecution in the case.

Brian Stack was gunned down as he left an amateur boxing match in the National Stadium in Dublin in March, 1983. He died of his injuries 18 months later.

Speaking to the Irish Independent ahead of today's meeting, Austin Stack said his family would be seeking a full apology from Commissioner Harris over the mishandling of the original Garda investigation into his father's murder.

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Mr Stack said the family has sought a meeting with the Garda Commissioner for the past three years but He said Mr Stack 's murder was one of the most heinous and brutal acts of The Troubles. The garda said he had received the information from an IRA informant and had put the information on the

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has disputed the Smithwick Tribunal’s assertion that a culture of prizing loyalty over honesty prevails in the force to this day. This followed his criticism of the failure to fully investigate claims of collusion in the aftermath of the murders . Mr Callinan accepted the judge’s

Stack family receive apology from garda commissioner in relation to murder investigation Brian Stack: Was gunned down as he left a boxing match in 1983

"We will be expecting a full, meaningful and sincere apology for the mishandling of the original investigation into our father's murder," he said.

In a statement, the family said they want Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan to appoint an expert in policing from outside the jurisdiction to investigate failings in the garda investigation.

"We have got an apology from Commissioner Harris. We have accepted it. However, we have to say that it has been a long time coming, but at least it is a start."

Mr Stack's wife Shelia and her other two sons Oliver and Kieran were also due to attend.

Gardaí released an official statement from Garda Commissioner Drew Harris shortly after the meeting;

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The Commissioner speaks out on whether the Provisional IRA structures continue to exist. An Garda Síochána has been reluctant to comment on matters arising in relation to the investigation by our colleagues in the Police Service in Northern Ireland into the recent murder of Mr Kevin McGuigan

The family of murdered Irish Prison Officer, Brian Stack , will meet with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris at Garda HQ on Wednesday morning. The Irish National Bureau of Criminal Investigation completed a review of the murder which was handed over to the Garda Commissioner in January

"Along with senior detectives, I met with the Stack family this morning to provide them with a briefing on the ongoing investigation into the murder of Mr Brian Stack," Mr Harris said.

"I offered the Stack family an apology for the failings and shortcomings in the investigation. I fully acknowledge that these matters are serious and had a detrimental impact on the investigation.

"This investigation remains open and An Garda Síochána would appeal for anyone with information in relation to the murder of Mr Brian Stack to come forward."

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