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Ireland ‘When we opened the letter our hearts sank’ — Paul Quinn’s parents slam Conor Murphy letter

22:25  13 february  2020
22:25  13 february  2020 Source:   extra.ie

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  Mother of IRA murder victim calls on Sinn Fein to sack Conor Murphy Breege Quinn said the finance minister was not fit for government after the party admitted that he was wrong to brand her son Paul a criminal.Breege Quinn called for the removal of Conor Murphy from his position as Finance Minister after Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald admitted he had been wrong to brand her son Paul a smuggler and criminal.

Conor Murphy wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Extra.ie

The parents of Paul Quinn, a 21-year-old Armagh man brutally murdered in 2007, have slammed Sinn Fein’s Northern Ireland finance minister Conor Murphy over a letter he sent to them.

Conor Murphy came under fire in the days leading up the General Election over comments he made about Paul Quinn to BBC Spotlight shortly after the young man’s murder, which the Quinn family has pinned on the Provisional IRA.

Denying any republican connections to the killing, Mr Murphy linked Mr Quinn to criminal activity. Shortly before last week’s General Election, Paul’s mother Breege demanded an apology from Mr Murphy on live radio.

Quinn family ‘lives in hope’ of seeing murderers jailed

  Quinn family ‘lives in hope’ of seeing murderers jailed Paul Quinn’s mother Breege said she had been fighting for justice for her son since he was killed 13 years ago.No-one has ever been charged with Paul’s murder despite an ongoing cross-border police operation. The Quinn family blame members of the IRA, but Sinn Fein has long denied republican involvement and called for anyone with information to go to police. Paul’s mother Breege Quinn told the PA news agency that she believed most people in Sinn Fein knew who was responsible, adding that she had strong suspicions she knew too.

a man holding a book: The parents of Paul Quinn, a 21-year-old Armagh man brutally murdered in 2007, have slammed Sinn Fein’s Northern Ireland finance minister Conor Murphy over a letter he sent to them. Pic: Liam McBurney/PA Wire © Provided by Extra.ie The parents of Paul Quinn, a 21-year-old Armagh man brutally murdered in 2007, have slammed Sinn Fein’s Northern Ireland finance minister Conor Murphy over a letter he sent to them. Pic: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

As political pressure increased on Mr Murphy, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald and the wider party, the 56-year-old MLA retracted his remarks about Paul Quinn and apologised to the Quinn family.

In the wake of the election, Mr Murphy wrote to Breege and Stephen Quinn to reiterate his apology.

However, the couple has slammed the letter for its failure to state that their son was not a criminal.

Conor Murphy wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Conor Murphy came under fire in the days leading up the General Election over comments he made about Paul Quinn to BBC Spotlight shortly after the young man’s murder, which the Quinn family has pinned on the Provisional IRA. Pic: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne © Provided by Extra.ie Conor Murphy came under fire in the days leading up the General Election over comments he made about Paul Quinn to BBC Spotlight shortly after the young man’s murder, which the Quinn family has pinned on the Provisional IRA. Pic: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Breege Quinn expressed her anger and hurt, saying: ‘We have been waiting 13 long years for him to say those words. When we opened the letter our hearts sank’.

Sinn Féin apology but no answers for Quinn family

  Sinn Féin apology but no answers for Quinn family Sinn Féin apology but no answers for Quinn familySinn Féin finally apologised for false accusations about the 21-year-old victim after inflicting 13 years of pain on his grieving family.

Mrs Quinn added that Ms McDonald has said that Paul Quinn was not a criminal, but that Mr Murphy, ‘the person we need to hear it from most’, has consistently failed to do so.

Mrs Quinn went on to say: ‘We appreciate that, after 13 years, Conor has retracted his slur.

‘We welcome and accept his apology. But we cannot consider meeting him until he clearly states, as his other Sinn Fein colleagues have, that Paul wasn’t a criminal’.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, the letter sent to the Quinn family sidesteps any unambiguous statement that Paul was not a criminal in a similar manner to Mr Murphy’s equivocation in a recent RTE interview.

Quinns now want Adams to apologise for remarks

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Mrs Quinn, as well as a number of political figures, have called for Mr Murphy’s resignation, but Ms McDonald has stressed that the Armagh man will not lose his position within Sinn Fein.

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