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Gerry Adams TD responds to comments made by Taoiseach on 6.1 News

8 December, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, responding to remarks made by the Taoiseach this evening, has said that if the Taoiseach is serious about assisting victims he should focus his energy on establishing a proper truth recovery process. 

Teachta Adams said:

“Why has the Taoiseach waited until now to make this call when a process was agreed between me and Austin and Oliver Stack that culminated in a meeting between the Stack brothers and a former IRA leader in 2013?

“At that time the Stack family thanked me for my work on their behalf. 

“We agreed before meeting that it would be on a confidential basis, and the issue was not raised again until the general election three years later. 

“It has been raised again now as a result of the Fianna Fáil leader and the Taoiseach trying to exploit victims in the name of scurrilous political point scoring.

“The process the Stacks and I put in place was on the basis of trust in the absence of a proper truth recovery process. 

“If the Taoiseach wants to assist victims he could focus his energy on assisting in establishing such a process, which Sinn Féin has consistently called for.

“That is the only viable way for families to achieve justice.”

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