Tuesday 25 September 2018

'They left nothing to fix' - Paul Quinn's parents on pain as killers remain free 10 years on

Paul Quinn was murdered by the IRA in 2007
Paul Quinn was murdered by the IRA in 2007
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

The IRA gang that brutally murdered Paul Quinn are suspected of being involved in a dozen other punishment beatings, it was claimed last night.

The victim’s family gave a poignant interview to RTÉ’s ‘Primetime’ as they prepare to mark their loved one’s ten year anniversary on Friday.

Paul Quinn (21), from Cullyhanna, Co Armagh was beaten to death by an IRA gang in a barn in Co Monaghan in 2007. Every bone in his body below his neck was broken by the gang, who used iron bars and nail-studded cudgels.

His heartbroken mother, Breege Quinn, recalled the moment she learned of her son's death.

“A nun came out, doctors came out after. They shook our hands and said ‘they left nothing to fix,’” Mrs Quinn said.

Stating that she could barely remember the funeral, the grieving mother added:

“I know we couldn't put rosary beads in his hands they smashed him up so badly.”

In the segment RTE also reported that they have learned the gang suspected of being responsible for the murder of the young man are also suspected of being involved in a dozen other punishment beatings north of the border.

Breege and Stephen Quinn stand in front of a photograph of their murdered son Paul. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Breege and Stephen Quinn stand in front of a photograph of their murdered son Paul. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Sinn Féin has condemned the murder, with the party telling Primetime that the killers are “criminals” and should be brought to justice.

However, the Quinn family have repeatedly criticised Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy after he previously claimed that Paul was a criminal and that the IRA played no involvement.

Gardaí are convinced the murderers were associated with the Provisional IRA. This is despite the fact Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams previously said there was no “republican involvement” in the killing.

Also speaking last night, Paul’s brother James said an altercation had taken place in their home village of Cullyhanna, Armagh, which was a factor in the murder.

“Everbody in Cullyhanna knows who did it," he said.

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