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Quinn directors ‘continue to live in fear’

Their colleague Kevin Lunney was brutally attacked in September.

Gardai are investigating (Niall Carson/PA)
Gardai are investigating (Niall Carson/PA)

By David Young, PA

Failure to catch the “paymaster” behind the campaign of intimidation against Quinn executives will leave the local community paralysed by fear, the company has said.

Management called for robust policing action and the setting up of a cross-border task force after meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to raise their concerns.

The directors said they continued to “live in fear” following the brutal attack on their colleague Kevin Lunney in September.

They said last Friday was the first day in the five years since Quinn Industrial Holdings was established that they were not exposed to “intimidatory signage or defamatory Facebook pages”.

The directors welcomed that development but said much more needed to be done, as they again reiterated the criticism of the policing response to the campaign of intimidation in the months and years prior to the abduction and beating of Mr Lunney.

In a statement after their meeting with Commissioner Harris, they said: “QIH welcomes today’s meeting with Garda Commissioner Harris and a recent increase in resourcing following the savage abduction and torture of Kevin Lunney.

“Progress is being made. Last Friday was the first time since QIH’s establishment almost five years ago that its management was not exposed to intimidatory signage or defamatory Facebook pages. The tragedy is that the impetus for this action was a violent attack on Kevin.

“However, QIH directors and their families continue to live in fear. The community and staff of QIH need to see positive action now to give them the confidence to speak out against those perpetrating this campaign of intimidation.

“The directors of QIH, the staff and the community are putting their trust in the police services and authorities on this island but they need to see the perpetrators and more importantly the paymaster brought to justice in the short term.

“We noted to the Commissioner our concerns that prior to the most recent attack on Kevin, appropriate resources and attention were not applied to addressing the multitude of acts of intimidation and violence against QIH directors and staff.

“We also expressed our concern that failure to bring the orchestrator and paymaster of this campaign to justice would leave this peaceful community in a limbo status of fear and paralysis that would undermine the local economy and the rule of law and order in this region.

“We called for robust policing of the region and for the urgent establishment of a dedicated special cross-border, highly resourced task force, to deliver for this region what was achieved in respect of directed criminal activity elsewhere.”

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