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Quinn family's new hope as man arrested over IRA murder

GARDAI investigating the murder of Paul Quinn by the Provisional IRA have arrested a man in Co Louth.

Detectives had been eager to question the man, who is in his 20s, about the killing but he was living abroad in recent times.

He was arrested yesterday after returning to the Republic for a wedding.

Paul Quinn (21), from south Armagh, was brutally beaten to death six years ago.

He was lured to a farm near Oram, Co Monaghan, where a dozen masked men wearing black military-style clothing lay in wait.

He was beaten with iron bars and nail-studded cudgels. Every major bone in his body was broken.

Eighteen people arrested after the killing in October 2007 – including a former driver of local Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy – were released without charge.

Since their son's murder, Stephen and Breege Quinn have fought a campaign for his killers to be brought to justice. The Quinn Support Group was led by former Sinn Fein politician Jim McAllister and is supported by the SDLP.

Speaking after yesterday's arrest, Mr Quinn said: "We welcome this development. Our son was taken from us in the most horrific circumstances imaginable six years ago."

"We will not rest until those involved are held accountable."

Mr Quinn's family previously claimed he had been involved in a dispute with individual members of the IRA before his death.

They said he had been "ordered to leave the country" but refused to do so. Sinn Fein in turn denied republican involvement.

Mrs Quinn also made several public appeals for information following her son's death, describing it as particularly violent.

"They were there waiting to take his life, and they did," she said.

"And left us with no son. And left James and Cathy without a brother.

"So that's hard to live with every day.

"They broke every bone in his body, we couldn't even put a pair of rosary beads in his hand. There's a lot of people who live around here who know who did it and a lot of people who live round here have done it.

"I say to myself, 'why can they not?'

"They don't have to come to us, they can go to the gardai, the PSNI and clear their conscience."

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