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Gerry Adams 'ignoring mum of man getting death threats'

By Cate McCurry

Published 11/05/2015

Sinn Fein MP for Newry and Armagh Mickey Brady
Sinn Fein MP for Newry and Armagh Mickey Brady

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has ignored the pleas of a south Armagh mother whose son has been threatened by republicans.

Pauline Torley fears her 29-year-old son Eoin Kelly may suffer the same fate as Paul Quinn, who was brutally murdered after he received death threats from the same gang who call themselves Republican Community of Crossmaglen.

However, Sinn Fein MP for Newry and Armagh Mickey Brady condemned the threats, saying there was "no place for threats or intimidation in our society".

The distraught mum made an emotional plea to Mr Adams to step in and save her son after the family were informed by the PSNI of an imminent threat.

Mr Adams has not responded to her pleas. The family say they have been living in fear for more than two years and have been subjected to a number of false accusations made against Mr Kelly.

South Armagh man Paul Quinn (21) died in hospital shortly after he was brutally attacked at farm buildings in Co Monaghan.

He was beaten so badly almost every major bone in his body was broken.

His family have blamed the IRA for his murder in October 2007.

No one has ever been charged with the murder after potential witnesses were too frightened to give evidence.

The killing is still under investigation on both sides of the border and gardai say they are "hopeful" that charges might still be brought.

Mr Quinn's father Stephen has previously accused Mr Adams and Martin McGuinness of failing to help the family's campaign for justice.

In her public appeal on behalf of her son last week, Mrs Torley appealed to the party leader to intervene to lift the threat to her son's life.

Mr Kelly has received verbal death threats while his Nigerian-born girlfriend has suffered racist abuse shouted at her and there have been numerous acts of intimidation against the family

Mr Brady said: "These threats are wrong and must be condemned.

"There can be no place for threats or intimidation in our society.

"Anyone who has information on these threats or those behind them needs to bring it forward to the police immediately."

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