The Provisional IRA has admitted that it shot dead prison officer Brian Stack in the 1980s. Stack, the only prison officer to be killed as a spin off from the Northern Irish conflict, died from his injuries a year after he was shot in the head while leaving a Dublin boxing match in 1983. Portlaoise Prison given its maximum security status has frequently featured in news coverage either for its escape attempts or nature of the regime prisoners are held under.
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams along with a former IRA leader met with the family of Brian Stack at which it was confirmed that the IRA was responsible for the death of Mr Stack. Mr Adams said he would not call on the IRA to assist the Garda in solving the killing.
Portlaoise became the main penal holding centre for IRA prisoners, replacing Mountjoy, in the mid 1970s.
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