Mother critical of tricolour placed next to murdered son’s poster

April 24, 2017

The erection of tricolours in Crossmaglen to mark the recent Easter commemoration has prompted a bereaved mother to criticize those responsible for placing a flag next to a poster of her murdered son.

Breege Quinn says the placing of a tricolour beside a poster highlighting the 2007 murder of her son Paul, which she alleges was carried out by “the south Armagh IRA”, is disrespectful.

In a letter to this newspaper, Breege Quinn criticized Sinn Fein for permitting the flag to be placed on the same pole as Paul’s poster.

“In 2007 our son Paul Quinn was murdered by the south Armagh IRA, which we are still seeking truth and justice for in a peaceful way.  After his murder we put posters up of Paul around Cullyhanna and Crossmaglen, which were taken down and we replaced them many times.

“Sinn Fein has said they support us in getting justice for Paul so I ask what kind of support are you giving us when you allow a tricolour flag beside Paul’s poster in Crossmaglen?   There are many poles on that road that could have been used.  This is most disrespectful to Paul and to us.  The Quinn family have never interfered with Sinn Fein posters.”