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Man arrested as gardai begin search operation on lands in Paul Quinn murder probe

Paul Quinn, who was murdered in 2007
Paul Quinn, who was murdered in 2007

Gardai investigating the 2007 murder of Paul Quinn in Monaghan have arrested a man in his 50s and begun a land search.

The man was arrested this morning in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan and is currently detained at Carrickmacross garda station.

Gardai have begun a search operation on lands near the area as part of the investigation.

A spokesperson said that no further information is available at this time but investigations are ongoing.

Twenty-one year old Mr Quinn was beaten to death by a gang of men after he was lured to a remote farm near Castleblayney.

Breege and Stephen Quinn, parents of murdered Paul Quinn

His family has blamed IRA members from south Armagh in the past for the murder but this has been denied by republicans.

Mr Quinn was found beaten at farm buildings in Tullycoora, near Castleblayney, in October 2007.

He died in hospital several weeks later.

Several people have been arrested and questioned on both sides of the border, but nobody has been charged in connection with the killing.

It was confirmed at an inquest by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis that the cause of death was multiple injuries due to blunt force trauma.

His family said he had been involved in a dispute with individual IRA members.

Stephen and Breege Quinn, the dead man's parents, from Cullyhanna, were notified of the garda operation.

"We are delighted and it just goes to show that the guards are not giving up and are still at it," Mr Quinn said.

"It's a long time but it gives us a lift that they are still working and going on ahead with the investigation.

"It gives you a bit of hope. We are very grateful."