IRA victim's parents horrified by Sinn Fein backing for 'Slab' Murphy
The parents of IRA murder victim Paul Quinn have expressed their absolute horror at seeing Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams stand faithfully by senior provo and tax cheat Thomas 'Slab' Murphy.
Paul (21), from the small village of Cullyhanna in South Armagh, was ambushed by an IRA gang of up to 12 men in 2007.
The gang used iron bars and other weapons to brutally break every bone in his body below the neck.
Paul died from the injuries he suffered in the beating.
The murder, for which nobody was ever charged, was ordered after the young man stood up to senior members of the IRA.
Gardaí and the PSNI have repeatedly confirmed their belief that Paul was murdered by known members of the IRA in the region.
Sinn Fein president Mr Adams later tried to claim that the incident was connected to the victim's alleged involvement in crime.
To this day, the family have never received answers from the republican movement and are deeply sceptical about ever securing justice for their murdered son.
An intriguing element of the case related to phone records of the suspects.
All phones are believed to have been turned off at the same time on the afternoon of Paul's death.
They were then turned on simultaneously that evening. Paul's parents, Breege and Stephen, have told of their disgust following the latest controversy surrounding the Sinn Fein leader as he maintains his unwavering loyalty to 'Slab' Murphy, who is now facing up to five years in prison for tax fraud.
Mrs Quinn accused Mr Adams of "licking up to Slab and his crowd".
"He (Adams) never lifted a finger for us over Paul's murder and he never will," she said.
"He won't say a word against the IRA no matter what they do; who they murder. He doesn't care."
Mrs Quinn also strongly criticised Armagh MP Conor Murphy, who after Paul's murder said he was satisfied the IRA was not involved and that the victim was a "criminal". Mr Murphy is no relation to 'Slab'. "He never once withdrew that (remark)," said Mrs Quinn.
"Sinn Fein know my son was innocent but they're afraid to say that. They're afraid of their lives of the IRA in south Armagh. It was no surprise to hear Adams coming out in their support; no surprise," she said.
Mr Quinn said Mr Adams's criticism of the jury-less Special Criminal Court in Dublin was typical of Sinn Féin's opposition to "law and order".
"I wouldn't like to see them in power in the South, not at all," he added.
The Special Criminal Court in the Republic, in its current manifestation, was set up in the early 1970s as the IRA campaign spread into the Republic with the murder of gardaí and widespread robberies and arms importation.
Mr Adams' objection to Murphy's trial at the court continues his party's unbroken opposition to the courts systems on both sides of the border.
The IRA actually blew up the Special Criminal Court in Dublin in July 1976 during a court hearing to spring the notorious bomb maker James 'Mortar' Monaghan who was being held in a cell under the main courtrooms at the time awaiting a remand hearing.
Monaghan, a Sinn Fein election worker, was internationally known and was arrested by police in Colombia while instructing that country's rebel FARC group - which was actually controlled by the Medellin cocaine cartel - on how to make bombs and mortars.