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Detectives will update Paul's Mum, Breege, and Dad, Stephen, on the status of their investigation

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Paul Quinn

Paul Quinn

Paul Quinn

The parents of Paul Quinn, who was brutally beaten to death in a farm shed near in Co Monaghan, are to meet with the Garda Commissioner today. 

Gardai have launched a fresh bid to catch those responsible for the death of the 21-year-old, from Cullyhanna, who was lured to across the border by a mob of around a dozen men to the shed in October 2007.

Every bone in his body was broken in the savage attack that the family blame the IRA for, although Sinn Fein has long denied republican involvement.

As part of the new gardai probe, 200 exhibits seized in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan are being re-examined for traces of DNA.

The items being re-examined include clothing from some of the suspects and a vehicle.

A dedicated scientist from Forensic Science Ireland is now working on the case, using the latest DNA technology.

Detectives will update Paul's Mum, Breege, and Dad, Stephen, on the status of their investigation.

“I welcome the opportunity to meet with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to discuss the brutal murder of my beautiful son Paul 14 years ago and to get a direct update on the Garda investigation, especially the status of new information,” Breege Quinn said.

“We have been encouraged in the last few weeks that they are exploring definite lines of enquiry and efforts have redoubled to bring Paul’s killers to justice. Our family will never rest until we get truth and justice for Paul.”

In January, Breege and Stephen held a socially distanced meeting with gardai about the case and welcomed the new quest to uncover DNA.

Mr Quinn said: “I see the people who butchered my son every time I leave the house and I hope the advances in DNA can finally see them brought to justice.

“They committed such a barbaric act on a defenceless human being and yet they still walk around with their heads held high.

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“We met with the gardai recently and we know they remain ­determined to bring those who slaughtered my son to justice.

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Parents of Paul Quinn Breege & Stephen Quinn outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photo:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Parents of Paul Quinn Breege & Stephen Quinn outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photo:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Parents of Paul Quinn Breege & Stephen Quinn outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photo:Gareth Chaney/Collins

“It will be 14 years this year since those cowards murdered my son and the DNA technology that we have now wasn’t available then.

“I don’t know how those animals sleep at night knowing what they did to a young man who had his whole life in front of him."

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