FAMILY IN RENEWED PLEA OVER ‘BLAYNEY MURDER

28 November 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

THE family of a South Armagh man beaten to death in a shed near Castleblayney in 2007 travelled to Stormont on Monday last to hear a motion aimed at supporting their long campaign for justice.

Paul Quinn from Cullyhanna,   died after being savagely beaten at a barn in Tullycoora, close to the village of Oram, in October 2007.

Northern Ireland’s now-disbanded ceasefire watchdog the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) said the murder had stemmed from “a local dispute”.

The IMC could not say whether the killing was carried out by the IRA but said that some ex-members of the IRA may have been involved.

Sinn Féin have repeatedly denied the killing was authorised by the IRA leadership.

Monday’s motion was tabled by the SDLP’s Newry Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley, declaring he hoped it would “keep the very brutal murder of Paul Quinn high on the public agenda”.

Arrests have been made in connection with the killing but no charges have been brought.

STATEMENT

On Tuesday last the Quinn Support Group from Cullyhanna issued a statement in which they welcomed remarks by Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, in which he declared on RTE radio that the accusations of criminality against Paul Quinn immediately after his murder on 20th October 2007 were wrong.

The statement said Paul’s parents welcomed this first statement from a Sinn Fein spokesperson that the accusations that came exclusively from their party were in fact false. However, the statement said that during the Assembly debate on Monday three separate S.F. spokespersons had the opportunity to say the same, but failed to do so, despite numerous calls from other Assembly members.

Mr. McGuinness stated he believed the accusations had originally came from what he called ‘local people.

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