3 September 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris was provided with an update on the investigation into the murder of Cullyhanna man Paul Quinn at Oram in Castleblayney in 2007 when he visited the Cavan/Monaghan Garda Division on Monday of this week. The investigation team working on the case provided Commissioner Harris with a briefing on the most recent developments at Castleblayney Garda Station. It was reported last week that officers involved in the joint investigative operation by the Gardaí and the PSNI had visited a number of residences in the South Armagh area in a renewed effort to identify those responsible for the killing of the 21-year-old at a shed near Castleblayney on October 20 2007.

Mr Quinn was attacked and severely beaten by a gang of ten men, some of whom wielded iron bars. Investigators believe the attack arose because of a row that occurred between Mr Quinn and the son of a senior IRA figure in the area. Sinn Féin has repeatedly denied any Republican involvement in the incident. Over the past 14 years detectives have made 23 arrests – 14 in the Republic and nine in Northern Ireland. They have followed 1,900 lines of inquiry and taken over 700 statements but no one has ever been charged with the murder. Commissioner Harris also met with senior personnel at Monaghan Garda Station during his Monday visit.

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