IMC to blame IRA members for Quinn murder

A ceasefire watchdog will say today that current or former Provisional IRA members were involved in the murder of a 21-year-old man last year.

The four-member Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) is expected to say Paul Quinn from south Armagh was lured over the border and beaten to death by a gang in Co Monaghan following a fallout with people associated with the organisation in his area.

However, the report will not attribute to the murder to the IRA because it was not authorised by the Provisional leadership.

The report will be studied closely by unionists and in particular critics of the Ian Paisley’s Democratic Unionists’ decision last year to share power with Gerry Adams’ Sinn Féin.

Senior DUP figures in the Stormont Executive such as junior minister Jeffrey Donaldson have in recent months warned republicans there will be political consequences if it is established the IRA was involved in Mr Quinn’s killing.

However, Sinn Féin minister Conor Murphy has been adamant that the IRA was not involved.

The IMC was set up in June 2004 to examine loyalist and republican paramilitary activities and monitor the British government’s demilitarisation programme.

Its members consist of the former deputy director of the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency Richard Kerr, ex-Metropolitan Police anti-terrorism chief John Grieve, retired Irish civil servant Joe Brosnan and the former Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly Lord Alderdice.

Their report is expected to confirm the Provisional IRA as a whole is continuing to turn its back on terrorism and move towards pursuing it aims solely through peaceful and political means.

The commission will also focus on the activities of the loyalist, Ulster Defence Association and Ulster Volunteer Force as well as the threat posed to the peace process by the dissident republican groups, the Real IRA, the Continuity IRA and Oglaigh na hEireann.

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