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'I'm so angry' - Mum of Paul Quinn hits back at claims she was manipulated by media

Breege Quinn

The mother of Paul Quinn said she's been left devastated by claims that she was manipulated by the media in a bid to hurt Sinn Fein’s election campaign.

Breege Quinn, whose son Paul was murdered by the IRA in a brutal attack in 2007, told the Nolan Show that she had been the driving force behind the campaign to get justice for her son.

"I'm so angry. I'm so angry that people are calling into your show to say that you manipulated Stephen (Paul's father) and I to go on your show just because there's an election on," she told host Stephen Nolan.

"If you called us every day this past 14 years we would have appreciated it. Those people, why are they so so angry towards you? So disrespectful towards you. We take all calls from all stations, all newspapers, to get justice for our son Paul."

Mrs Quinn thanked Mr Nolan for his help in publicising the case, but said after hearing the backlash "I could just sit down and cry".

Mr Nolan said his show would always champion causes like the Quinn's and those who don't like it can "go to hell".

"I'm so disappointed with those people, have they not a brain in their head," Mrs Quinn said.

The Quinn family received a formal apology from Sinn Fein Finance Minister Conor Murphy last week after he claimed that Paul Quinn was a criminal in the wake of his death.

However Mrs Quinn said that the apology did not go far enough as Mr Murphy had not categorically stated her son was not a criminal.

During a phonecall Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald promised Mrs Quinn she would raise the issue again with Mr Murphy. It is understood he is planning to write to the Quinn family.

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Murder victim: Paul Quinn

Murder victim: Paul Quinn

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Coverage of the issue dominated the media in the lead-up to the weekend's General Election in the Republic of Ireland, with Sinn Fein getting the highest amount of first preference votes, stunning the traditional main parties Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

Paul Quinn was killed after clashing with the son of a local IRA commander.

He was lured from his Cullyhanna home in south Armagh to a barn in Oram, Monaghan where a 12-strong gang beat him with baseball bats and nail-studded cudgels.

Every major bone in his body below his neck was broken in the attack.

His hands were so badly broken, they couldn't hold rosary beads in the coffin.

Belfast Telegraph