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Breege and Stephen Quinn, above, parents of murdered Paul Quinn (inset)

Breege and Stephen Quinn, above, parents of murdered Paul Quinn (inset)

Breege and Stephen Quinn, above, parents of murdered Paul Quinn (inset)

THE parents of a young man murdered by a suspected IRA gang in Monaghan seven years ago have renewed their appeal for help to find his killers.

Paul Quinn (inset), from Cullyhanna, Co Armagh, was just 21 when he was beaten to death precisely seven years ago. His family has always blamed members of the IRA for the savage killing that happened in a barn at Tullycoora, near Castleblayney, in November 2007.

The Northern Ireland Assembly last night backed family efforts to get the truth. They voted by 64 votes to 24 to condemn Sinn Fein leaders for what it called "false accusations against Paul Quinn".

The now disbanded Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC), which assessed ceasefire breaches, concluded that the murder involved people at very least associated with the Provisional IRA, either as former or current members or friends. But Sinn Fein has always denied republican involvement in Mr Quinn's death and nobody has been convicted in connection with the killing.

Speaking after the debate, Briege Quinn said she had "a good idea" who had murdered her son and she renewed her challenge to SF leader Gerry Adams.

"I would ask Sinn Fein to give the names of those that murdered my son," she said.

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