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Saturday 18 January 2020

Gardai use ground-penetrating radar equipment to search lands after arresting man in 2007 murder probe of Paul Quinn

Stephen and Breege Quinn hold a picture of their murdered son Paul
Stephen and Breege Quinn hold a picture of their murdered son Paul

Jim Cusack

Gardai investigating the IRA murder of south Armagh man Paul Quinn are today using ground-penetrating radar equipment to search land near the Border.

Local sources said the gardai and technicians arrived early this morning at the plot of land in Co Monaghan not far from where the 21-year-old was savagely beaten to death in October 2007.

 Paul's father, Stephen Quinn, said he was aware that the search was taking place but knew nothing else. He said gardai told him a man was being questioned but could add nothing further.

 It is understood the man being questioned is not suspected of involvement in the murder but is being questioned about a witness account given in the aftermath of the murder.

 Sources said that the radar was being used on the land near the townland of Oram where Paul Quinn was beaten by up to 11 IRA men. It is believed the search may be for equipment or a vehicle used in the murder.

 The IRA has never admitted the murder but was held responsible by the International Monitoring Committee (IMC) despite the repeated claims by Sinn Fein that 'criminals' were responsible.

 Paul Quinn was imprisoned in a disused cowshed with two friends and beaten to a pulp by the Provo gang. His murder was ordered after he allegedly hit the son of a local IRA boss who is heavily involved in the fuel laundering trade.

 In recent weeks local people in south Armagh expressed anger after Sinn Fein supporters erected a tricolour over a poster of Paul Quinn near the church in Crossmaglen.

  And the gang responsible for the Quinn murder have been dubbed 'the heroes of Oram' on social media.

 Gardai were able to build a clear picture of who was involved in the murder but were unable to convince any witness to come forward and testify because, they said, of fear of the Provisional IRA.

 Paul's partents, Stephen and Breege, have repeatedly called on Gerry Adams and local Sinn Fein representative Conor Murphy to withdraw the party's claims that Paul was a criminal who was murdered by other criminals.

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