Irish government should enact legislation to help victims - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, responding to today's meeting between the Taoiseach and the family of Brian Stack said:
“I have been very clear in my condemnation of the killing of Brian Stack. If the Taoiseach is serious about helping victims then he should focus his energy on establishing a proper truth recovery process and pressing the British government to implement the measures agreed in the Stormont House Agreement in 2014.
“This Agreement, which has the support of the victims groups, proposed the establishment of an Independent Commission on Information Retrieval which would cover both jurisdictions on this island and deal with all conflict related deaths.
“As part of this process the governments, drafted and published an international agreement to establish the Independent Commission on Information Retrieval. This was laid jointly in the houses of the Oireachtas and Westminster one year ago this month.
“It has not yet commenced as the British Government continues to exercise a national security veto regarding separate judicial processes.
“There is a responsibility on the Irish government, as a co-equal guarantor of the Good Friday and subsequent Agreements, to enact this legislation and to demand that the British government do so also.
“I have set out my efforts to assist the Stack family in the Dáil. The process I agreed with them was based on confidentiality, trust and anonymity. I gave my word and I intend to keep it.
“There is a live Garda investigation into this and I have made it clear that I am prepared to co-operate with An Garda Síochána.”