Sunday 8 December 2019

Senator says Sinn Fein fundraising video is 'bizarre'

Suzanne Breen and Niall O'Connor

A Fianna Fáil politician has said it is “incumbent” on the Sinn Féin leadership to provide answers to the family of IRA murder victim Paul Quinn.

Meath East senator Thomas Byrne was responding to the emergence of a Sinn Féin ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ video which features IRA commander Séan Hughes.

The video shows a number of male and female Sinn Fein supporters dancing, as part of the promotion of an event in Jonesboro this weekend.



But the parents of Paul Quinn from Cullyhanna - who was beaten to death by an IRA gang on a border farm in 2007 - last night said they were disgusted at Hughes' participation.

"My son will never dance again," Paul's mother Breege told ‘The Belfast Telegraph’.

"He will never be able to get dressed up, go for a night out, see his friends, have a bit of fun.

"The IRA robbed Paul of all that and more. It makes my blood boil to think of Sean Hughes out enjoying himself at a dance competition while Paul lies in a grave.

"In case Sean has forgotten, I want to remind him how the IRA left my son.”

The video was raised on the campaign trail in Dublin today.

Fianna Fáil described the video as “bizarre”.

“Clearly, Sinn Fein have questions to answer in the sense that Mrs Quinn’s family are still waiting for answers to the questions they have raised in respect of the murder of their son,” Senator Byrne told reporters.

“I have to say: The idea of a political party having a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ strikes me as quite bizarre. But in the context of what happened to the Quinn family . I think it is incumbent on the Sinn Fein leadership and indeed the local leadership in that particular part of the world, to the give the answers that the Quinn family deserve at this stage.”

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