Belfast Telegraph

Assembly backs call by mother to unmask IRA killers

By John Downing

The parents of a man murdered by a suspected IRA gang seven years ago have renewed their appeal for help to find his killers.

Paul Quinn, from Cullyhanna, Co Armagh, was 21 when he was beaten to death across the border in Co Monaghan seven years ago.

His family has always blamed members of the IRA for the killing in a barn at Tullycoora, near Castleblayney, in November 2007.

The Assembly last night backed family efforts to get the truth.

They voted by 64 votes to 24 to condemn Sinn Fein leaders for what it called “false accusations against Paul Quinn” and demanded an apology from the party.

The now disbanded Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) concluded that the murder involved people at least associated with the Provisional IRA, either as former or current members or friends.

Sinn Fein has always denied involvement in Mr Quinn’s death and nobody has been convicted in connection with the killing.

However, SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley said he had tabled the Stormont motion to support the Quinn family’s search for answers.

“I felt very strongly that it was important to keep the very brutal murder of Paul Quinn high on the public agenda, as it is still a live and unsolved case,” he said.

Speaking after the debate Mr Quinn’s mother, Briege Quinn, said she had “a good idea” who had murdered her son and she renewed her challenge to Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams.

“I would ask Sinn Fein to go to the Garda stations in Carrickmacross and Castleblaney where this investigation is taking place and give the names of those that murdered my son,” she said.

“Why would they not get down on their knees to say that they did not do it, why are they staying quiet, it is something I can never understand.”

Mr Quinn died in hospital weeks after being beaten with pickaxe handles. Police have blamed a local dispute.

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