Sinn Fein’s Conor Murphy to apologise to Paul Quinn’s family

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy will make a public apology to Paul Quinn’s family today.

Breege Quinn, whose son was killed in 2007, says she won’t meet Mr. Murphy, the North’s Finance Minister, until he apologises on national television for calling her son a criminal.

21-year-old Paul Quinn From Cullyhanna in Armagh was killed in 2007 near Castleblayney, Co Monaghan by a gang his family suspects were linked to the IRA.

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Weeks after his murder, Northern Finance Minister and senior Sinn Féin figure Conor Murphy claimed Paul Quinn was involved in “smuggling and criminality”.

Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald said the remarks were wrong and had caused additional hurt to Paul Quinn’s parents.

Paul’s mother Breege welcomed the apology.

She said she will not meet Conor Murphy until he apologises publicly for branding him a criminal.

Today, Mary Lou McDonald confirmed he will apologise in public later.

It’s become a big issue for Sinn Féin during the election campaign, and earlier Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin called on those who know what happened to come forward:

The DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson says The Quinn family deserve justice and all information should be given to the police so the perpetrators can be brought to justice.