Friday 17 August 2018

The strange case of the unmentionable IRA

Father-of-seven Tom Oliver was abducted and murdered in Co Louth
Father-of-seven Tom Oliver was abducted and murdered in Co Louth
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Last week's episode of Crimecall had a piece on the 2007 murder of Paul Quinn, a 21-year-old beaten to death in a barn near Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, by a gang of 10 to 12 men. Any mention of this atrocity is invariably accompanied by the line, that it is thought that members of the IRA were involved in the murder.

The previous episode of Crimecall also had a piece on a crime widely believed to be committed by members of the IRA, the murder of Tom Oliver in Cooley, Co Louth, in 1991.

Like the item on Paul Quinn, the story of Tom Oliver was re-told with considerable care and sensitivity.

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