Quinn murder probe: search unearths household waste

April 18, 2016

Thursday’s huge Garda operation relating to the 2007 murder of Cullyhanna man, Paul Quinn, which centred on farmland close to the border near Castleblayney, unearthed nothing more than a quantity of household waste.

A man aged in his fifties, named locally as Michael Bellew, was arrested during the operation and taken to Carrickmacross garda station where he was questioned about the killing.  He was released without charge on Friday afternoon.

More than twenty Garda officers using specialist ground radar equipment and heavy machinery were involved in the planned search of the farm, which straddles the Armagh/Monaghan border.  Some reports had suggested Gardaí believed a vehicle used by the killers of 21-year-old Mr Quinn may have been buried at the site.  However an extensive dig yielded nothing but discarded household appliances and rubbish.

Despite this, Paul Quinn’s parents, Stephen and Breege, praised the Gardaí for their persistence in the pursuit of Paul’s murderers and expressed disappointment that this latest operation proved futile.

In October 2007 Paul Quinn was lured to a barn just across the border at Oram where he was attacked and savagely beaten by a gang.  He later died from his injuries.

His family blamed members of the IRA for the killing, a claim that has always been denied by the Republican movement.

Commenting on Thursday’s development, Stephen Quinn said: “While our hopes were shattered this time round, the operation does show that this is very much a live investigation.

“The Gardaí have been brilliant from the beginning. They have always said they won’t give up and this is proof that they’re keeping their word to us. They stay in regular contact with us and keep us well informed.

“Paul’s killers should not for a minute think they’ve got away with it. I want them to know that, any time of the day or night, there could be a knock on their door that is the police there to bring them to justice for what they did to my son,” he added.