20/12/2007

Quinn Family Keep Up Pressure On Son's Murder Case

The parents of Paul Quinn, the young man said to have been murdered by IRA members, are now more confident the Irish Government is doing all in its power to bring the killers to justice.

Briege and Stephen Quinn met Irish Justice Minister Brian Lenihan in Dublin this week for an update on the Gardaí's investigation into the brutal killing of Paul Quinn, 21.

The meeting further steps up the pressure coming just two days after they met with Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern.

The County Armagh family believe Paul - who was beaten to death in a shed in County Monaghan eight weeks ago - was killed by the IRA because of a personal feud with one of its members and have rejected claims by senior Sinn Fein figures that the incident was linked to fuel smuggling.

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who was also present at the meeting, said yesterday there was no evidence to suggest Paul was involved in criminality.

Speaking after the meeting, Mrs Quinn said: "We're very happy in the days coming up to Christmas that Paul's name has been cleared of criminality. Yes we're very confident (the Government) are doing everything they can. They are working really hard."

The Quinns were accompanied to the meeting by SDLP Assembly member Dominic Bradley.

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(BMcC)

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