The family of Paul Quinn, who was beaten to death last October, have said they are more hopeful than ever his killers will be caught.

The inquest into the death of the 21-year-old opened briefly at Dundalk Coroner's Court today before adjourning until a garda investigation is concluded.

The Co Armagh man was beaten to death in a Co Monaghan farmshed last October.

Mr Quinn's family believe he was lured to the shed and beaten by a gang of up to 12 men some of whom were linked to the IRA.

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis told the court Mr Quinn died as a result of multiple injuries due to blunt force trauma.

At the request of Garda Inspector Leo McGinn, Coroner Ronan Maguire adjourned the inquest until after the conclusion of the garda investigation.