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October 23, 2007

Orde Says No Evidence Of IRA Link in Quinn Murder

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IT 10/23/07 Orde Tells DUP No Evidence To Link IRA
IT 10/23/07 Gardaí Link Quinn Murder To Fuel Smugglers
SF 10/22/07 Adams Condemns Brutal Murder Of Paul Quinn
BT 10/23/07 Barn Murder An Evil Deed - Brady
IT 10/23/07 Cruel Killing Tests The New North
NL 10/23/07 Stormont On Brink
BT 10/23/07 The Biggest Test Of A New Political Era
II 10/22/07 Opin: Killings Send Shiver Down Spine Of Politics
BT 10/23/07 Opin: Murder Revives Old IRA Doubts


Orde Tells DUP No Evidence To Link IRA With Killing

Tue, Oct 23, 2007

PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde has told the DUP that at
this stage there is no evidence to link the murder of Paul
Quinn in Co Monaghan to the IRA, as the Quinn family
alleges. Gerry Moriarty, Mark Hennessyand Conor

However, senior Garda sources, who spoke to The Irish
Timeslast night, said intelligence on Mr Quinn's killing
suggested he was murdered by people who have previously
been members of the Provisional IRA after he clashed with
former members of that organisation.

"We don't have anything to say it was sanctioned, it was
more local justice being dished out, but it did involve
former members [of the Provisional IRA]," said one senior

Garda¡ still believe the dead man was killed after he
refused to leave his home in Cullyhanna following a fight
with a prominent republican there and the son of another
republican figure.

They are satisfied Mr Quinn was involved with a gang who
were laundering green diesel in Monaghan and smuggling it
into the North for sale as regular fuel.

However, sources said no evidence had emerged to link those
activities to his murder.

According to DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson, Sir Hugh told him
yesterday that, this early in the investigation, the Garda
and the PSNI "have not been able to draw the conclusion
that has been made by the family that this was the work of
the IRA".

This briefing and other senior contacts at Stormont
yesterday took place against a DUP warning that if the IRA
was behind Mr Quinn's murder it could collapse the Northern
Executive and Assembly.

Sir Hugh travelled to Stormont at the DUP's request
yesterday evening to brief the party on the current state
of the investigation, which is being led by the Garda.

A PSNI spokeswoman confirmed that Sir Hugh met a DUP
delegation including First Minister the Rev Ian Paisley. He
also was in contact with Sinn F‚in Deputy First Minister
Martin McGuinness, she said. She was unable to confirm the
details of the DUP meeting

Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy also briefed Mr McGuinness
by phone last night. Afterwards a spokesman for the Deputy
First Minister said Mr McGuinness was "absolutely certain
no republican was involved in this dreadful murder".

In the D il, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said the murder was
linked to local criminal activity on the Border and should
not threaten the future of the devolved Government. Mr
Donaldson said that the feedback from Sir Hugh Orde was
that the attack involved "criminality on both sides". "The
question is, were they [the killers] members of the IRA,
were they acting on behalf of the IRA? And the chief
constable is very clear that at this stage the evidence is
not there, and that it is early days, and the investigation
is continuing."

Earlier yesterday the DUP held what it described as "high-
level" contacts with Sinn F‚in to discuss the beating to
death of 21-year-old Mr Quinn from Cullyhanna, south
Armagh, in a barn at a farm close to Castleblayney on

Mr Donaldson and junior DUP Minister Ian Paisley jnr warned
that if the IRA was implicated in the murder it could have
grave implications for the stability of the powersharing
Stormont administration.

Emphatic statements yesterday denying "republican"
involvement by Sinn F‚in president Gerry Adams, Mr
McGuinness and the party's MP for Newry and Armagh, Conor
Murphy, provided some reassurance for the DUP.

Urging co-operation with the police, Mr Adams said if he
had "hard information" he would provide it to the PSNI or
garda¡. "There is no republican involvement whatsoever in
this man's murder and all of us should be careful that we
don't end up playing politics with what is a dreadful,
criminal action," he said, adding he believed the murder
was linked to "fuel smuggling involving criminals".

Mr Paisley jnr said the DUP would wait for a definitive
account from the PSNI and the Garda as to who they believed
killed Mr Quinn.

He said of Mr Adams's comments: "The language in all this
certainly helps; it helps considerably. This would not have
happened a year ago, let alone 10 years ago."

c 2007 The Irish Times


Garda¡ Link Quinn Murder To Fuel Smugglers

Patsy McArdle
Tue, Oct 23, 2007

The weekend killing of Paul Quinn by a group of men at a
shed in Co Monaghan close to the Border has given rise to
speculation that elements involved in a lucrative fuel
laundering and smuggling racket may have been involved in
the horrific crime.

Garda detectives locally are believed to be satisfied the
attack on the victim was linked to fuel smuggling or

According to Revenue officials the laundering of diesel has
become a multimillion-euro racket in recent years.

Swoops at isolated sheds, in the Republic and the North,
have uncovered sophisticated equipment used by smuggling
gangs to remove the colouring from tax-rebated fuel so that
it can be sold at the higher commercial price for the top-
grade product.

A Revenue spokesman in the Republic confirmed yesterday
that raids at a number of locations near the Border have
led to a shutdown of several illicit fuel "doctoring"

A major illegal diesel laundering plant was also put out of
business on the Northern side of the Border near
Crossmaglen after a raid by the Revenue authorities in the

A similar plant was also raided and shut down near
Castleblayney, just a few miles from the scene of Mr
Quinn's murder.

Senior Customs officials in the Republic believe that at
least five major smuggling syndicates operating along the
Border between Louth and Monaghan and Armagh, and Fermanagh
and Cavan are the main players.

According to one senior Revenue source, some of the
smugglers had recently begun importing raw diesel from
continental Europe with a view to completing the filtering
process at secret locations in the North and the Republic,
close to the Border.

It is also believed some tankers have been fitted with
sophisticated laundering equipment, which can remove
colouring from the fuel while in transit.

"This business is so big that these racketeers will stop at
nothing to make sure they can get as much profit as
possible and they are constantly devising ways to beat the
law," one senior Revenue source said.

He said the racketeers have been using carefully developed
supply routes and it was unusual if there were any "blow-
ups" over such outlets.

"They are usually very careful not to trample on each
other's corns when it comes to delivering the fuel to
unscrupulous filling stations," he said.

The Revenue suspect that fuel laundered in the Border area
may be delivered as far south as Cork and Limerick.

However, recent checkpoint inspections and the increased
testing of diesel in use in vehicles has reduced the
illicit trafficking.

Instead of being sold into the private commercial market,
it is believed that a considerable amount of the "doctored"
diesel is still being sold to large firms.

The sludge from laundered diesel has cost local authorities
in Louth and Monaghan more than ?3 million to dispose of in
the past two years, according to council officials

c 2007 The Irish Times


Adams Condemns Brutal Murder Of Paul Quinn

Published: 22 October, 2007

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP, MLA, Deputy First
Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA and Conor Murphy MP, MLA
the Minister for Regional Development have condemned the
"brutal and savage murder of Paul Quinn" and have called on
"anyone with any information to make it immediately
available to either the PSNI or An Garda".

Mr. Adams extended sympathy to the Quinn family and said:
"Those responsible for this dreadful killing must be
brought to justice."

Speaking at Stormont this morning Mr. Adams said:

"We are all deeply shocked at this appalling murder.

"Our sympathy is with the family of Paul Quinn.

"The criminals responsible for this dreadful killing must
be brought to justice.

"I do not believe that there was any republican involvement
in this murder.

"This murder is in our view linked to fuel smuggling
involving criminals.

"But let me repeat anyone with information has a duty to
bring that information forward to the An Garda or the


Barn Murder An Evil Deed - Brady

The murder of County Armagh man Paul Quinn was a barbaric
deed which was evil and inexcusable, Archbishop Sean Brady
has said.

The Catholic Primate of All Ireland said there should be no
reprisal for the killing.

Mr Quinn, 21, died after being beaten by nine men wielding
iron bars at a remote farm shed in County Monaghan on

His family blamed the death on the IRA, which Sinn Fein has

Archbishop Brady said the murder had "shocked and appalled
a whole community".

'Tyranny of violence'

Offering his sympathy to Mr Quinn's grieving family, he
said the death "caused revulsion and shame in all right-
minded people".

"It shows a total lack of respect for the God-given gift of
human life," said the Archbishop.

"I hope that those who carried out this atrocious crime
will soon be apprehended and brought to justice.

"Those with information have a duty before God to pass it
on to the Gardai or PSNI. The tyranny of violence and
intimidation must be defeated."

A post-mortem examination will resume later on Tuesday on
the body of Mr Quinn.

First Minister Ian Paisley has asked the prime minister for
his full support if it turns out the IRA were involved in
the murder.

The DUP said IRA involvement "could collapse the political

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2007/10/23 10:45:01 GMT


Cruel Killing Tests The New North

Tue, Oct 23, 2007

If policing in Northern Ireland is to work, republicans
must break with tradition and help catch Paul Quinn's
killers, writes Gerry Moriarty.

The murder of Paul Quinn in a barn in Co Monaghan on
Saturday has the potential to cause the sort of political
damage that will fester.

That will be of no interest to the Quinn family from
Cullyhanna in south Armagh who wait to have the battered
body of their 21-year-old son and brother brought home to
be waked and buried.

Family friend Jim McAllister, a former local Sinn F‚in
councillor - now disaffected from the party - says the
Quinns are in a state of deep shock because of the murder.
They didn't want to say anything last night beyond their
initial statement on Sunday but, he added, they were
holding to their conviction that members of the IRA beat
him to death.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams in the most trenchant of
terms rejected this allegation. Quinn was killed by
"criminals", not republicans, he said.

He and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and local
Sinn F‚in MP Conor Murphy could hardly have been more
unequivocal yesterday in demanding that anyone with
evidence provide that to the police.

"I would have no hesitation whatsoever if I had hard
information of bringing that information - indeed it is a
duty to bring that information - to the PSNI or An Garda
S¡och na," said Adams.

He believed that the attack on the victim related to an
issue around fuel smuggling. PSNI chief constable Sir Hugh
Orde, who briefed the DUP yesterday, told MP Jeffrey
Donaldson there was no evidence at this stage linking the
killing to the IRA, and that there were indications of a
criminal link to the murder.

McAllister disputes this, saying he believes that Quinn was
targeted because he had the temerity to take on two local
republican figures in separate fights, and that some
"senior republican player" decided he should pay for such

McAllister doesn't believe Quinn's assailants set out to
kill him but somehow the "bloodlust" set in and he was
battered to death.

The comments of Orde and also of Donaldson mean that for
the moment at least this murder does not threaten the
DUP/Sinn F‚in-dominated powersharing government.

Junior DUP Minister Ian Paisley jnr was impressed with
Adams's response. "The language in all this certainly
helps; it helps considerably," he said. "This would not
have happened a year ago, let alone ten years ago. Those
sorts of comments are obviously very important."

But, he added, how events unfolded would be carefully
scrutinised. If an IRA link to the killing was established
then the implications for the fledgling Executive and
Assembly would be serious.

It seems reasonable to assume that those who murdered Quinn
are known to quite a number of people. For instance, the
two men who were understood to have been forced to help
lure the victim to the farm in Co Monaghan, and were
themselves assaulted, must be in a position to provide
police with considerable detail about the killing.

But this is south Armagh and notwithstanding the recent
breakthrough of Murphy inviting senior PSNI officers to
Crossmaglen to discuss antisocial activity in the area will
the old tradition of local omerta continue to apply?
Pressure will fall on Sinn F‚in to in turn exert pressure
on those with evidence to go to the police. Those with such
knowledge may feel caught between a rock and a very
dangerous place. The phrase "damned if they do, damned if
they don't" comes to mind, especially in the context of the
current dispute over the status of the killers.

But this is the new dispensation. This is a test of whether
policing can work in the Borderlands. If it doesn't then we
could end up with a situation similar to that pertaining
after the murder of Robert McCartney: then the so-called
dogs in the street knew who was responsible but so far no
one has been convicted of his murder.

Numerous people spoke to the PSNI in relation to McCartney
but the necessary evidence to nail the killers was not
forthcoming. If the same applies after Quinn's death then
notwithstanding the great political progress to date the
question will be asked, does the writ of criminality run in
south Armagh or do republicans have the influence to help
bring killers to book?

c 2007 The Irish Times


Stormont On Brink

By Stephen Dempster

IAN Paisley last night warned Prime Minister Gordon Brown
of "very serious consequences" for devolved government, if
the IRA was behind the murder of Paul Quinn.

But the Stormont Executive could be saved from collapse
because the News Letter has learned that the PSNI and Garda
have already concluded the IRA leadership did not sanction
the killing.


While members of IRA families (or an IRA gang) were
involved, police on both sides of the border have ruled out
the death being given the go-ahead by the Provisionals'

A very senior security source said: "We are absolutely
clear the IRA leadership did not sanction this. But there
were members of IRA families there.

"So far, what is not established is whether they are IRA
members themselves. Did IRA members carry out the killing?"

What police have decided is:

Mr Quinn was lured to his death at a farm outhouse near
Castleblayney, just south of the border;

Among those who beat him to death were younger men, from
IRA families (but it is not yet known if they are IRA

His death came amid a fall-out between republican criminal
gangs in south Armagh during the last three weeks;

The killing was the culmination of a series of incidents
involving these rivals, who are split along mainstream and
dissident republican lines;

Mr Quinn was involved in fuel smuggling and other
criminality, and in some of these incidents;

One altercation took place in a bar when he faced down men
from IRA families;

Mr Quinn was later visited at his home and warned to leave
the country;

He refused to go and ended up beaten to death.


First Minister Ian Paisley said he had warned the Prime
Minister of "the seriousness of the situation".

Speaking after a briefing from Chief Constable Sir Hugh
Orde he added: "If this murder was the work of the
Provisional IRA then very serious consequences will flow
from that. As a party we have made it clear that there will
be no place in government for those associated with murder

" I encourage everyone to wait for the findings of the
police, both in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
There will be no fudging of this issue and everyone must
work to ensure that those responsible for such a callous
murder are exposed and brought to justice."

DUP MP and Policing Board Member Jeffrey Donaldson also
insisted his party would not avoid pulling the plug on
Stormont if it judged this was an IRA murder.

He welcomed unequivocal condemnation from Gerry Adams and
others of the death, and assurances of no IRA involvement,
but said his party would makes its own call on the matter.

"Our party will not fudge this issue," he assured

"Let's be clear, we will listen to the PSNI, the Garda and
make a definitive assessment, based solely on the cold,
hard facts and not what other parties say."


Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said he is absolutely certain
the IRA leadership had nothing to do with the murder.

"The people involved are criminals. They need to be brought
to justice and it is fairly obvious to me that this is
linked to fuel smuggling and to criminal activity.

"There's no republican involvement whatsoever in this man's

Unionist sceptics, like MEP Jim Allister have said
separating the organisation as a whole, from what its
members do, is not on - adding they had heard this stuff
from Sinn Fein before.

The Quinn family is blaming the IRA was and friend and ex-
Sinn Fein man Jim McAllister said: "Not only the family,
but the whole community think the IRA carried it out."

SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley added: "It's been said that during
the assault one of the attackers said 'We are the law round

"Many people living in south Armagh would draw their own
conclusion about that."


The Biggest Test Of A New Political Era

[Published: Tuesday 23, October 2007 - 10:01]
By Chris Thornton

Conor Murphy says it wasn't the IRA that killed Paul Quinn.

The Regional Development Minister, a former IRA prisoner
from south Armagh, ought to have a good idea. So too should
Gerry Adams, who said he did not believe there was "any
republican involvement in this murder".

Jim McAllister offered up a different opinion, and he ought
to know as well - a Sinn Fein councillor in south Armagh
for years, he split with the party during one of the many
twists in the peace process.

Speaking on behalf of the Quinn family, he said they
believe IRA members were behind the brutal attack that left
the 21- year-old dead on Saturday night.

Garda sources also indicated that the killers were IRA
members, although they said the intention of the attack may
not have been to kill.

Which leaves a conundrum that the DUP - warning of "serious
repercussions" in the political process - will look to the
Chief Constable and the Independent Monitoring Commission
to resolve.

Officially the IRA has stood down its units, but the
Provisionals' leadership still exists, at least in the form
of the Army Council.

The IMC has said repeatedly that they have not been
involved in any paramilitary activity, and IRA members have
been ordered to refrain from "all activity".

But south Armagh - touching on the area where Paul Quinn
was killed - has been a difficult scene for reconciling
developments in the peace process and the traditional
activities of republicans.

Weeks after the IRA ceasefire was declared in 1994, members
of the south Armagh unit killed postal worker Frank Kerr in
Newry. The IRA said the killing had not been sanctioned by
the leadership.

Thirteen years later, there is the possibility that Paul
Quinn was killed the same way - a breakdown in the IRA's
chain of command.

But there have also been important strides forward in terms
of policing in the area. The idea that Northern Ireland's
police would sit down at a public meeting in Crossmaglen
was unthinkable at the time of Frank Kerr's murder.

But it has happened now.

Mr Adams' intervention yesterday was telling. In the
morning, soon after the DUP laid out their concerns, he set
out to put clear green water between Sinn Fein and the

He condemned the killers as "criminals" and said people
with information about the killing have "a duty" to pass it
on to gardai and the PSNI.

This was the important matter as far as Taoiseach Bertie
Ahern was concerned, underlining recent strides forward in
policing in south Armagh.

Unionists are bound to be concerned that Mr Adams is saying
what needs to be said to preserve the Stormont Executive.
Their solace may be in the actual cooperation Gardai get.

c Belfast Telegraph


Opin: Why Killings Send Shiver Down Spine Of Politics

By Fionnan Sheahan
Tuesday October 23 2007

It would be wrong to separate the two brutal murders which
occurred over a 48 hour period at the weekend. Whatever
about the different motivations behind these respective
callous killings, the appalling lack of respect for human
life is quite shocking.

The gangland hit on Dublin criminal John Daly and the
beating to death of Paul Quinn in Co Monaghan cannot merely
be put down as further statistics in areas with troubled
histories with the law.

These murders were carried out by gangs who believe they
can carry out such acts with apparent impunity and
terrorise the communities in which they operate.

Mr Quinn's killing is all the more sinister as it is a
throwback to what was thought to be a bygone era.

Both these murders have profound political consequences.

The murder of the senior gangland figure in Finglas was the
seventeenth gun murder since the start of the year, the
Labour Party pointed out.

So much for the "last sting of dying wasp" predicted, two
years ago, by Michael McDowell.

Remember him.

Labour's Pat Rabbitte said what is of particular concern is
the resurgence of gangland killings is happening at a time
when conviction rates are falling further.

No wonder criminals now think they can get away with
shooting an unarmed garda in broad daylight.

The latest murder won't be described as a watershed but it
will spark an initial reaction from the Government in an
effort to be seen to be tough on crime.

Up on the border, a community that went through decades of
suffering is again thrust back into the spotlight.

Warnings from the DUP that Northern Ireland's powersharing
government is under threat, if the IRA was involved in the
killing, serve to show how fragile the arrangement is as it
continues to bed down.

However, it's highly unlikely unionists are going to walk
over this issue, particularly as the direct involvement of
the Republican movement probably won't be proven.

The certainty with which Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness
were able to state there was no Republican involvement is
nothing new.

Sinn Fein was down this route before with the Colombia
Three and the killers of Robert McCartney.

The party's duplicity on those occasions and reluctance to
come straight out and react as any organisation with a
respect for the rule of law would mean there is still a
deal of trust to be built up before they are taken

Mr Adams' condemnation of the murder, description of the
perpetrators as criminals and appeal for those with
information to go directly to the gardai and PSNI still
takes a lot of getting used to.

It's welcome nonetheless.

In a sign of the changed times, Mr McGuinness, in his
capacity as Northern Ireland's deputy first minister, had
been briefed by the Garda Commissioner and PSNI chief
constable on the killing.

Sinn Fein can't be blamed for the actions of every thug
engaged in smuggling along the border.

But these criminals would appear to have shared a common

While they may no longer be acting as the IRA, the old boys
network has thrown them together.

The IRA activities tolerated for so long by Sinn Fein means
that old habits die hard and some individuals are
conditioned to feeling that beating someone to death is
acceptable behaviour.

It isn't.

The killing of Mr Quinn demands a police response and the
PSNI and gardai are working together to apprehend the

Unfortunately the conspiracy of silence and turning a blind
eye, combined with abject fear of recriminations for giving
information, make the task all the more difficult.

Old habits die hard.

Wherever there is a border with different tax regimes on
either side, criminality will occur.

Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh last night spoke of the concerns of
residents from border towns on both sides of the border and
called for greater cooperation between the gardai and PSNI.

The Donegal North-East TD highlighted a measure that might
well make a difference. "Criminals still feel they can use
the border for their own criminal ends.

"It's high time the gardai and the PSNI were allowed to
cross the border while in pursuit of criminals.

"We need to send a clear message to criminals that crossing
the border won't make them immune to arrest," he said.

The apparent support of the DUP for this solution to
cutting off the cross-border escape route shows that even
in this new era, public worries about criminal activity is
a 32-county phenomenon.

Communities are demanding action and seeking leadership,
whether it's being delivered or not.

- Fionnan Sheahan


Opin: Murder Revives Old IRA Doubts

[Published: Tuesday 23, October 2007 - 10:21]

So far, there are more questions than answers about the
murder of Paul Quinn in Co Monaghan.

But what is clear is that the 21-year-old lorry driver from
Cullyhanna was lured to his death and then murdered in the
most brutal of circumstances by a gang which heavily
outnumbered him.

The key question at this stage is whether the IRA was
involved in this heinous crime. Given that this border area
is a notorious republican stronghold, it is understandable
that Mr Quinn's family should immediately have pointed the
finger at members of the Provisional IRA.

Gardai evidently believe that although the murderous
beating was not officially sanctioned by the former
leadership of the IRA in the area, those involved may have
been former members of the organisation. But Sinn Fein
president Gerry Adams insists that the assault was the work
of criminals, not republicans, and is appealing for anyone
with information to contact the police.

Despite Sinn Fein's attempts at damage limitation, the
political ramifications of this murder are potentially
extremely serious. The future of the power-sharing
executive will be in jeopardy if it emerges that the IRA is
still active in this way.

Much hinges on the reaction of the DUP, which to date has
been notably measured in its response. At present, the
party is contenting itself with calling for meetings with
Hugh Orde and the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC).

The DUP warns of "serious repercussions" for the political
process in Northern Ireland if it emerges that the
Provisional IRA was involved. Yet the party knows full well
that as a partner with Sinn Fein in government, it cannot
afford to rock the boat too vigorously at this stage.

This approach has given Sinn Fein some breathing space, but
Mr Adams should not imagine that he is off the hook. In an
area in which the IRA's influence remains dominant, is it
really possible that such a large gang be completely
divorced from the organisation?

As the DUP says, there can be no place in government for
those associated with murder. The considered verdicts of
the two police forces and the IMC are awaited with keen

Actions on the ground will always count for more than wordy
statements from the Sinn Fein leadership. The IRA may have
given up its guns but has yet to disband the Army Council,
and this incident serves to make that step more urgent.

Sinn Fein's prompt and unequivocal denunciation of this
murder is to be welcomed, but the authorities now need
information. Those who attempt to inflict gang law must be

Regardless of Sinn Fein's protestations, this incident is
bound to revive all the lingering doubts about the bona
fides of the republican movement. Forthright answers to all
outstanding questions will be needed to ensure Mr Quinn's
murder does not deliver a fatal blow to the Stormont

c Belfast Telegraph

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