29/07/2008

Three More Questioned Over Quinn Murder

Three men are being questioned by the PSNI about the brutal gang-murder of Co Armagh man Paul Quinn after three others were arrested by gardaí earlier.

The three men arrested by the PSNI are from the Crossmaglen and Cullyhanna areas and while two are aged in their 50s, one is in his 20s.

A PSNI spokesman said they had been taken to a police in Antrim for questioning and also confirmed that a number of items had also been seized.

The 21-year-old was beaten to death at a farm in Co Monaghan on 20 October 2007.

At the time, IRA members were blamed for the murder, but Sinn Fein has denied any republican involvement.

Mr Quinn was lured into travelling across the Border from his home in Cullyhanna, Co Armagh, to a cattle shed near Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, on October 20 last year. He was severely beaten by a gang of up to a dozen men and died in hospital in Drogheda.

Ulster Unionist peer, Lord John Laird, (pictured) used parliamentary privilege to name those he said were responsible, but so far no-one has been charged, despite a very substantial cross-border investigation involving both police forces.

This co-operation continues as the PSNI have said they had supported Irish police with "a targeted operation" in south Armagh on Tuesday.

"The aim is to carry out the operation with the minimum amount of disruption to local communities," a PSNI spokeswoman said.

The men arrested by gardaí are aged in their 20s and 30s and are being held at Monaghan and Carrickmacross garda stations.

See: Peer Insists Quinn Murder Was IRA

(BMcC)

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