SDLP members at their party conference in Armagh have paid tribute to the campaign for justice by Stephen and Breege Quinn since the murder of their son Paul in 2007.
Dominic Bradley MLA renewed his call on those within Sinn Fein with information about the brutal murder of Mr Quinn to bring it forward and end the family’s suffering.
“The dignity of the Quinn family in the face of unrelenting abuse, threats and intimidation has been absolute,” the MLA said.
“Their struggle for the truth about what happened to Paul on that terrible night on October 2007 has stood in stark contrast to the cowards who beat him to death and the cowards who continue to deny them justice.
“Not only did the political establishment try to brush this murder under the carpet, they then embarked on a deliberate campaign to blacken the name of the Quinn family.
“They unforgivably portrayed Paul as a criminal when he was simply the victim of a barbaric attack based on uncontrollable egos within the IRA in south Armagh. Up to 10 men in boiler suits took Paul to a barn in Monaghan and beat him with iron bars until he was dead, for no reason other than to exert their control on this community. Shame on them and shame on those who protect them.”
He added: “I repeat the call today. Those with information on Paul’s murder – end your silence. End the secrecy, the pain and the heartache.”
He added that the Quinn family “deserve so much better” and that he will continue to support them”.