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Quinn chiefs warned of 'credible' threats to their lives

Abducted: Kevin Lunney
Abducted: Kevin Lunney

By Paul Williams

Five executives of Quinn Industrial Holdings have been told that there are credible threats to their lives, it can be revealed.

The directors, including Fermanagh man Kevin Lunney who was abducted and tortured a month ago, were formally notified of serious threats against them by security services on both sides of the border.

Last week Dara O'Reilly, Tony Lunney and John McCartin were served with a Garda Information Message - known as a GIM form.

They are issued to individuals against whom there is a credible and serious threat of violence. Liam McCaffrey, the company's CEO, received a similar warning from the PSNI.

The fresh security advice was issued a month after Mr Lunney was abducted outside his home before being held in a horsebox and tortured.

He was discovered in a serious condition near Cornafean, Co Cavan, after having his nails ripped from his fingers and being slashed.

During the ordeal his abductors threatened to kill him and his fellow directors unless they resigned their posts immediately.

QIH chairman Adrian Barden has written to the Irish justice minister and the Garda Commissioner about the ongoing threats to the company's directors.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Channel 4 broadcast over the weekend, the former QIH director Sean Quinn denied any involvement in the abduction and torture of Kevin Lunney.

"No, no, no," he said, adding "I had no hand, act or part or no knowledge or no gain.

"I'd have no benefit of doing anything to Kevin Lunney."

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