TD didn’t abuse privilege linking Martin Ferris to Brian Stack murder

A Fine Gael TD didn’t abuse Dáil privilege when he linked Sinn Féin TDs Martin Ferris and Dessie Ellis to the murder of prison officer Brian Stack.

That’s the finding of the Dáil’s committee on procedures and privileges, which held a vote yesterday to determine whether the comments made by Alan Farrell breached standing orders.

The committee was asked to consider whether Deputy Farrell abused his privilege when he named Kerry TD Martin Ferris and Dublin TD Dessie Ellis in the Dáil in December, in relation to the killing of the prison offer.

Brian Stack was shot in 1983 and died 18 months later; Deputy Farrell had asked both Sinn Féin TDs to make statements on the incident.