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Missing Armagh haulier PJ Flynn 'may have fallen foul of IRA'

By Jim Cusack

The PSNI has confirmed it is investigating the disappearance of a south Armagh man who local people fear may have fallen foul of the IRA.

He was named locally as PJ Flynn (45), from Ballybinaby, the townland where Thomas 'Slab' Murphy and his brother Patrick have extensive land and commercial holdings.

It is understood PJ Flynn ran a haulage business and may have owned a yard on the south side of the border near Inniskeen, Co Monaghan. He is not suspected of any illegal activity.

Stories have been circulating in the border area about his reported disappearance for more than a month. However, it was not clear when PJ Flynn disappeared or why.

Gardai are aware of the situation and have been helping the PSNI. Inquiries have given no clue as to what may have happened to Flynn.

There are rumours that Flynn fell foul of the south Armagh IRA and that they spread claims that he had fled with a large sum of money.

It is not clear when PJ Flynn was last seen, but it is understood the PSNI received a report just over two weeks ago. They have spoken to his family and issued a tentative missing person appeal.

Concerns have been raised locally as Flynn is believed to have been the target of the main IRA group traditionally responsible for fuel and cigarette smuggling, but increasingly involved in cocaine smuggling.

In a statement, the PSNI said: "Police have received a report of a 45-year-old man missing from his home in the south Armagh area.

"Officers are currently making inquiries to establish his whereabouts. There are no further details at this stage."

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