Belfast Telegraph

Phone lines cut off in attack on ex-Quinn Group headquarters

By Adrian Rutherford

Vandals disrupted phone and internet services in part of rural Fermanagh after a petrol bomb attack near the headquarters of the former Quinn Group.

Around 200 customers were cut off after network cable distribution boxes were destroyed opposite the premises in Derrylin at 9.15pm on Monday.

Police believe a vehicle was used to knock over the boxes before they were set on fire.

It is the latest in a series of attacks on property and businesses once owned by the former billionaire Sean Quinn.

Fermanagh/South Tyrone Ulster Unionist MLA Tom Elliott said the attacks on the Quinn Group, since rebranded as the Aventas group, are putting jobs and lives at risk.

"It has been suggested that the chief suspects for this campaign are all known members of the republican movement from Leitrim, Cavan and Fermanagh," Mr Elliott said.

SDLP Erne West councillor Brendan Gallagher said the "mindless" attacks must stop before someone is seriously injured.

"I understand that there is a continued sense of anger among some in the local community but this does not give them the right to take part in reckless vigilantism," he said.

The attacks date back to when the Quinn Group was taken over by the now-defunct Anglo Irish Bank.

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