Quinn family rejects Adams’ assertion of Paul’s murder

March 9, 2015

The parents of a Cullyhanna man who was beaten to death in October 2007 have refuted a claim made by Gerry Adams that criminals were responsible for their son’s death.

Stephen and Breege Quinn reacted angrily to comments made by the Sinn Fein President at a commemoration held at Creggan last Sunday when he blamed “a small handful of criminals” for the killing of their 21-year-old son Paul.

Addressing more than a thousand republicans gathered in support of Francis McCabe junior, who suffered serious injuries in a pipe bomb attack four days earlier, Mr Adams claimed criminal gangs operating in the south Armagh area had been involved in the murders of IRA volunteer Keith Rogers, Paul Quinn and Garda Adrian Donohoe.

He said those responsible for these and other crimes are not republicans, adding that they “intimidate and terrorise” those who take a stand against them.

However, his comments sparked an angry response from the Quinn family who have steadfastly blamed the IRA for killing Paul.

Rejecting Mr Adams’ assertion of her son’s brutal murder, Breege Quinn said: “At the end of the day, Gerry Adams and Conor Murphy know who murdered Paul Quinn – the IRA murdered Paul.

“The IRA got into their suits, got their balaclavas, got their iron bars, they made a phone call and they lured him to a shed. That’s what the IRA did.”

Referring to the rally at Creggan, Stephen Quinn said he “would guarantee” that those who were present when Paul was attacked were among those attending and listening to Mr Adams’ speech.

Gerry Adams says he knows republicans have no connection to the murder of Paul Quinn, and are “repulsed” by what happened to him.

“I called upon people if they have any information whatsoever on that murder or other murders to bring it forward to the proper agencies, or to me and I will bring it forward to An Garda Siochana or the PSNI,” he said.

The Quinn family say they remain hopeful that Paul’s killers will be convicted.