12/02/2008

Quinn Killing Gets Assembly Debate

An Assembly committee is to raise the the murder of south Armagh man Paul Quinn today.

Mr Quinn, 21, from near the village of Cullyhanna, was beaten to death by a gang after being lured to a farm near near Castleblayney in the Republic last October.

Another man was also attacked by the gang armed with iron bars, but survived.

The Quinn family has consistently blamed members of the IRA for the brutal killing, but Sinn Fein has denied any republican involvement.

PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde and the Independent Monitoring Commission, have said they believe that IRA members may have been involved.

Police on both sides of the border are reported to be following thousands of leads in their hunt for Mr Quinn's killers. Indeed, gardai, who are co-operating closely with the PSNI, are themselves pursuing 1,200 lines of inquiry into the murder and have taken more than 400 statements.

The Assembly motion, from SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley, notes that the British and Irish governments have made clear they do not believe claims that Mr Quinn was involved in any criminality.

It will also note assessments of Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde and the ceasefire watchdog, the Independent Monitoring Commission, that current and former IRA members may have been involved.

On Thursday, the murder was condemned in the Dail. Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny said it was "pre-meditated savagery" and questioned some republicans' commitment to peace.

Justice Minister Brian Lenihan and Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghin O'Caolain called for witnesses to come forward.

See: British-Irish Meeting Highlighting Quinn Murder

See: Quinn Murder Suspects In Northern Ireland

(BMcC)






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