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Brother of IRA murder victim hits out at Sinn Fein 'hypocrisy'

By Suzanne Breen

The brother of IRA murder victim Paul Quinn has accused Sinn Fein of hypocrisy in its response to the attack on the homes of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey.

Speaking as a rally was held in west Belfast last night to support the two Sinn Fein figures, James Quinn said the party was guilty of "breath-taking double standards".

Paul Quinn from Cullyhanna in south Armagh was beaten to death by an IRA gang who lured him to a barn across the border in October 2007.

James Quinn said: "The attacks on the homes of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey were absolutely wrong but let's put them in perspective. Fireworks were thrown at the houses of these two men and a car in one driveway was damaged.

"My brother Paul was beaten to death by a gang wielding iron bars and nail-studded cudgels.

"We're not taking here about a damaged car. We're talking about a 21-year-old lad who was left with every bone in his body below his neck broken. I don't recall Sinn Fein organising any vigils or rallies for Paul."

Mr Quinn said yesterday would have been his brother's 32nd birthday. Gerry Adams called on those who threw the industrial-type fireworks at his home to "have the guts" to meet him and sit down and tell him the reason for the attack.

Mr Quinn said: "I would ask Gerry Adams and other Sinn Fein politicians to have the guts to sit down and meet myself and my family.

"I am asking them today to man up. Nobody in Sinn Fein has lifted a finger to help us in our campaign for justice.

"Our experience is of an IRA cover-up. We have had 11 years of being denied the truth and we are sick of it.

"If Sinn Fein is saying there is no place for thuggery in west Belfast, then I'm sure they'll agree the same applies to south Armagh and they will now do everything they can to help get the truth about what happened Paul into the open."

Paul Quinn was targeted after clashing with several local Provisional IRA members over minor matters in the months before his death.

Although more than 20 people have been arrested during the Quinn murder investigation, nobody has been charged.

After the murder, Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy said he had spoken to the IRA and was satisfied it wasn't involved.

Sinn Fein linked the murder to a feud among criminals. Mr Quinn said he often sees those who killed his brother in south Armagh. "I see them on the road, in the shop, in the pub. I am not afraid of them," he added.

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