Thursday 8 December 2016

'The IRA are still out and about' - Mother of young murder victim insulted by Sinn Féin claims

Paul Quinn (21) lured into shed and beaten with iron bars and nail-studded cudgels

Published 24/08/2015 | 02:30

Joseph Rafferty
Joseph Rafferty
IRA victim Paul Quinn

The mother of a young man murdered by the IRA has said she is insulted by Sinn Féin claims that the terror group has gone away.

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Paul Quinn from Armagh was just 21 when he was lured to a shed in Co Monaghan and beaten with iron bars and nail-studded cudgels in 2007, years after the IRA announced a complete end to violence.

His mother Breege said: "It's not the fact that Paul is dead, it's the death that he got. If Paul had died in a car accident or of a sickness, but they lured my child to that shed and they broke every bone in his body."

She added: "The IRA are still out and about and Sinn Féin knows who did it."

Meanwhile, the sister of a man murdered by the IRA 10 years ago has said "it makes her sick" to think that her brother's killers are walking free under the shelter of Sinn Féin.

Esther Uzell has said that she believes members of the party know exactly who is responsible for gunning down her brother Joseph Rafferty on April 12, 2005.

Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, Ms Uzell said she believes the IRA are still operating, adding that Sinn Féin is aware of their operations.

"I think everybody knows they are still going, I don't know what they are doing, but they have not gone away," said Ms Uzell.

"Here we are now, 10 years after Joe's murder, and we still don't have justice. It is just heart-breaking for us.

"There is still a Sinn Féin councillor who knows everything about Joe's death and he still refuses to co-operate with the gardaí."

Mr Rafferty had been the subject of threats from a known IRA member, who doubled as a Sinn Féin election worker, in the six months before his murder.

Mr Rafferty's family made three appeals to the party to have the threats lifted.

Gardaí questioned several Sinn Féin members who they knew were aware of the circumstances surrounding the murder, but all of them refused to make a statement.

Irish Independent

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