“The gardai need the public’s help if they are to succeed..”

The Quinn Support Group held another public meeting last night, this time in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, close to where Paul Quinn was killed. A report from last night notes that

Scores of people from the region attended the meeting in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, where gardai also handed out leaflets appealing to the community for help in bringing the killers to justice.

And the BBC report, and this Belfast Telegraph report, reference requests for information on a white van. Meanwhile the Irish News reported today that the family plan to meet with “party political leaders from Northern Ireland and the Republic in the near future” – except Gerry Adams.

“The family hopes to hold a meeting with political leaders on both sides of the border but Gerry Adams won’t be invited unless Sinn Fein retracts it statements that Paul Quinn was involved in criminality”

That’s probably why Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty put out this statement calling on the Quinn family “to re-consider their position and meet with [Sinn Féin] party leader Gerry Adams”… as others in similar circumstances did..

But in that statement he claims that Gerry Adams wrote to the family “almost two months ago” and that in the letter

He [Adams] also assured the Quinn family that he had at no time said anything that should be construed as labelling Paul Quinn a criminal.

Except.. we already have Gerry Adams’ statement from the 22 October, less than 48 hours after Paul Quinn was killed.

[Gerry Adams on 22 October] “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.”

One more time then, “It’s far better people tell the truth on the thing..”

Of course, that requires some clarity of vision..

And, as has been mentioned in connection to another recent event – “Justice is the glue that holds society together.”