Mum appeals to Gerry Adams to intervene after IRA gang issue death threat to her son
A MOTHER has appealed to Gerry Adams to intervene to stop her son being murdered by an IRA gang believed responsible for murdering another young man eight years ago.
Pauline Torley was told last week that a previously unheard of republican gang is plotting to murder her son, Eoin, a 29-year-old self-employed window fitter.
The family was informed by the PSNI that a group terming itself the ‘Republican Community of Crossmaglen’ was intent on doing harm to her son, the father of a young daughter.
Mrs Torley said she believes the ‘group’ is a cover-name for local Provisional IRA racketeers who are involved in the fuel smuggling trade.
She told the 'Irish Independent' that the main threat to her son is coming from three local ‘republicans’ who are suspected of having been involved in the IRA murder of Paul Quinn, the 21-year-old south Armagh man beaten to death in a disused shed in Co Louth in October 2007.
She said she and her husband, also Eoin, had approached local Sinn Fein figures to appeal to have the threat to her son lifted.
“This has been going on for two years or more but we are very afraid now they intend to murder Eoin. The PSNI came out and told us they had information he was going to be attacked. Three weeks ago Eoin was in town (Crossmaglen) and they shouted at him: “You’re dead, you’re f****** dead’.
“It’s the very same people who murdered Paul Quinn. It all started with a falling out. Eoin was with Sinn Fein and worked for them but he backed off and since then he was getting looks and warnings. Thugs tore down the fence at his house and they poisoned his dog.
“But in the past while it has got worse, we are very worried now. The PSNI came in six Land Rovers to our house last Thursday and my husband went to the station where they read out this statement to him.
“We went to Sinn Fein and we asked that they help lift the threat to Eoin. They said they would get back to us but they never did come back. If they think that is acceptable behaviour it is not. I would like Gerry Adams to stop this.”
Mrs Kelly said when her husband called to the PSNI station in Crossmaglen an officer dictated a statement to him which read: “The PSNI are in receipt of information which states members of the Republican Community of Crossmaglen may take some form of punitive attack against Eoin Kelly.”
No such organisation as the Republican Community of Crossmaglen exists, local sources say. Garda and PSNI sources also say that there is no significant ‘dissident’ republican elements in the south Armagh area and the only criminal or paramilitary organisation that exists is the IRA group that maintains control of the fuel and smuggling rackets in the Border area.
The IRA in south Armagh have adopted cover-names in the past to cover activities including the January 1976 massacre of 10 Protestant workmen who were machine-gunned to death at the side of a road at Whitecross.
The Torleys live only a short distance from Cullyhanna, where the family of Paul Quinn still live. Paul had also been involved in a dispute with local Provo smugglers and was beaten to death by a gang of up to 11 men after he was deemed to have ‘disrespected’ a local Provo boss, a man who is heavily involved in fuel laundering and smuggling.