Tuesday 13 November 2018

Loss of face led to brutal IRA killing

Paul Quinn's family now want to meet Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs minister, writes Jim Cusack

The family of Paul Quinn wants to meet the Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern to ask if he still believes that the IRA had nothing to do with last month's brutal killing of the young man.

Since Mr Ahern stated in the week after the murder in Co Monaghan that he did not believe the IRA had directed it, the International Monitoring Commission (IMC) has agreed with Paul Quinn's family that the gang "included people who are members or former members or have associations with members or former members of the Provisional IRA".

The minister had said he wished to wait until the "security forces" on both sides of the border and the IMC made a statement on the murder before indicating his position. In the aftermath of the killing of Paul Quinn, he said he was "gratified" that Sinn Fein had condemned the murder.

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