Victim's family welcomes assurances
The parents of a man murdered in a remote farm building near the Irish border have welcomed assurances from Northern Ireland's victims commissioner that their loss will not be ignored in wider efforts to support those bereaved in the region's conflict.
Stephen and Breege Quinn, from Cullyhanna in south Armagh, believe their son Paul, 21, was killed by elements within the IRA in October 2007 after becoming embroiled in a dispute with some of its members.
The couple met commissioner Kathryn Stone to voice concerns that murders with alleged paramilitary links that happened after the ceasefires and subsequent Good Friday peace agreement were being forgotten in the state's attempts to help the victims sector.
Mr Quinn, from Cullyhanna, was lured to the cattle shed just across the border near Castleblayney, Co Monaghan before being savagely beaten to death by a masked gang wielding iron bars. Every major bone in his body was broken in the attack.
No one has ever been charged with the murder. A man arrested in connection with the killing in Co Monaghan earlier this month was later released pending a report to prosecutors.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland has been supporting officers from the Garda in efforts to bring the killers to justice.
Mrs Quinn expressed satisfaction with the meeting with Ms Stone in Belfast, adding: "She assured us and kept reassuring us that this is not going to be forgotten about and we fully believe her," she said. She said not a day went by when she did not think of her son. No one has any idea except those who have a son murdered, what it is like to get up every day and not see him. "It's not the fact that he died, it's the fact that he got such a brutal death - for no reason, no reason."
Mr Quinn said the family remained confident that the gang responsible for the killing would face justice eventually. "I would be confident they will be brought to justice," he said. "When, we don't know. It could be sooner, it could be later."
After the meeting, Ms Stone said: "It was a great privilege to meet with Stephen and Breege Quinn and to witness their strength and tenacity in the pursuit of justice for the horrific murder of their son Paul. The Commission fully supports their search for justice.
"As I have said before, it is my role to advocate for all victims and survivors, and I hope that this meeting with the Quinn family and representatives of the Quinn Support Group, will go in some way in reassuring them that they are not being ignored and that the Commission is here to help them in any way it can."