For the past two days, Joe Duffy has raised the issue of the killing of Brian Stack, the head prison officer in Portlaoise. He was shot in 1983 and died in 1984. Mr.Stack's son was interviewed on Monday and called for the case to be reopened. Although he didn't rule out IRA/INLA involvement, Austin Stack suspected that he could have been killed for discovering information that 'would rock the foundations of the state'.
Regardless of this assertion in the interview, Duffy went on today to put the blame firmly in the direction of the 'provisional' IRA [Sticky talk for the IRA]. A political prisoner was also interviewed today saying that Stack was a brutal prison guard and that republican groups certainly had a motive to kill him. Duffy paraphrased this to say that a former member of the 'provisional' IRA had just admitted that the IRA had killed the man. To make matters more bizarre, a senior member of the prison officers union then came on and said he believed that the IRA did not commit the killing. Poor Joe was unimpressed, castigating the man for having had talks with the 'provisional' leadership before and after the killing in order to make sure officers weren't targeted. I hope this case is re-opened but don't expect the Special Branch and the cops to come up with any conclusions that dont resemble Joe 'sticky' Duffy.