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Thursday 22 March 2018

Quinn family say Commissioner's letter was 'insult' to Paul's memory

Paul Quinn: beaten to death by an IRA gang with cudgels
Paul Quinn: beaten to death by an IRA gang with cudgels

Paul Williams

The parents of Paul Quinn, who was savagely beaten to death by the IRA, have described the Garda Commissioner's letter of comfort to Sinn Féin as an "insult" to their dead son's memory.

Stephen and Breege Quinn have called for Nóirín O'Sullivan to resign over the letter in which she stated that she had "no information or intelligence" that the Provisional IRA still retains a military structure.

"The gardaí in Monaghan, who work for Commissioner O'Sullivan, investigated our son's murder and they have told us many times that the killers are all members of both the IRA and Sinn Féin," Mr Quinn told the Irish Independent from his home in South Armagh.

"When we heard that she (O'Sullivan) sent that letter, we just could not believe it and cannot understand where she is getting her information from because it is not coming from her own officers on the ground," said Mr Quinn.

Paul Quinn (21) died as a result of horrific injuries inflicted when up to a dozen men beat him with iron bars and nail-studded clubs on October 20, 2007.

The gang held three of Paul's friends hostage to lure him to a farm shed across the border in Monaghan, where they beat him for over half-an-hour. He died a few hours later in hospital.

Gardaí and the PSNI have repeatedly confirmed their belief that Paul was murdered by known members of the IRA.

Gerry Adams later tried to claim that the incident was connected to the victim's alleged involvement in crime.

The Quinns said they "feel so alone and forgotten" since their son's murder.

"After our son was murdered, the local Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy publicly said he went to see the IRA and asked them if they had been involved - he accepted their answer that they weren't," said Breege Quinn.

"Now the obvious question is why, if the IRA doesn't exist as an organisation, could Murphy go to see them in the first place?" she asked.

Irish Independent

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