06/02/2020

Paul Quinn: Conor Murphy Issues Apology

Finance Minister Conor Murphy has issued an apology over claims he made that an IRA murder victim was a criminal.

Paul Quinn's family accepted the apology but said it doesn't meet their request of clearing their son's name.

The 21 year-old from Co Armagh was beaten to death in Co Monaghan in 2007.

Shortly after Mr Quinn's murder, Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy linked him to criminality. He withdrew those comments earlier this week.

"I have consistently and unreservedly condemned the murder of Paul Quinn," Minister Murphy said.

"Those who murdered him are criminals and need to be brought to justice.
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"I repeat my call on anyone with any information on his murder to bring it to the Gardaí or the PSNI.

"I very much regret comments I made in the aftermath of Paul's murder which have added to the grief felt by the Quinn family.

"I apologise for those remarks and I unreservedly withdraw them.

"Once again I offer to meet the Quinn family at a time and place of their convenience."

The victim's mother Breege said she accepts the apology but wants the Minister to give IRA names to gardaí.

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood yesterday raised the issue in the House of Commons.

The Foyle MP called for the lies about Mr Quinn to be retracted, a public apology to be issued and for Conor Murphy to submit his information to the PSNI.



(JG/CM)

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