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Sinn Fein can shake off spectre of IRA by providing closure to Breege Quinn

Máiría Cahill


Sinn Fein has treated the many long-suffering victims of the IRA like dirt on the end of a shoe

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Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald and Eoin O Broin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald and Eoin O Broin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald and Eoin O Broin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

In 2007, a 21-year-old man was lured to a shed in Co Monaghan with the promise of work clearing up a farmyard. Instead, 10 ''men'' beat him with iron bars while his friend was forced to listen. "You could hear the bars bouncing off him… he was screaming," he said at the time. Had he lived, as his mother pointed out last week, Paul Quinn would now be 34.

Everyone knows the IRA was responsible for killing him, except the recently appointed Northern finance minister, Conor Murphy, who said he had been given "solid assurances" that the IRA hadn't been involved. He stated Quinn had been killed as the result of a "criminal feud". Paul's parents have repeatedly called for a retraction of this statement. Murphy has never done so. He has also never disclosed who he had spoken to that led him to form that opinion.


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