14/12/2007

Quinn Murder Recalled

It is a killing that won't be easily overlooked with more than 300 people last night attending a meeting in south Armagh in support of the family of Paul Quinn.

In a clear message to the republicans blamed for the brutal beating - that support 'won't go away, you know' - three TDs and several councillors from the Republic travelled to Crossmaglen in Northern Ireland for the meeting on Thursday night.

The members of the Irish parliament, Seymour Crawford and Fergus O'Dowd of Fine Gael and Labour's Liz Mc Manus were in attendance.

The meeting was to support the family of the 21-year-old who was beaten to death by a group of men in a shed in County Monaghan eight weeks ago. His family has said IRA members were involved.

While a number of local Sinn Fein councillors also turned up and said they wanted those responsible brought to justice, Mr Quinn's family said the Sinn Fein-linked IRA killed the 21-year-old after he had defied an order to leave the country.

Sinn Fein denies any republican involvement and Declan Murphy, brother of the Sinn Fein MP for the area, Conor Murphy, said the campaign was being manipulated for political reasons.

A support group has said it expects the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern, to meet the Quinn family early next week.

The group also plans to hold a number of meetings on both sides of the border early next year.

No one has been charged with the murder, although Ulster Unionist peer, Lord John Laird recently used parliamentary privilege to name the prominent republicans involved, alleging that as many as 20 people were involved in a highly organised, military style operation.

See: Peer Insists Quinn Murder Was IRA

(BMcC)

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