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Quinn boss raps inaction over posters intimidation

John McCartin
John McCartin

By Robin Schiller

A director at Quinn Industrial Holdings has warned the authority of the Irish Republic's state is being challenged with the failure to remove intimidating posters displayed in Cavan for more than a year.

Several signs have been placed across the county over the past 12 months which contain derogatory remarks against some QIH executives.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris this week said that such signs would be removed - with "specialist help" if necessary.

However, while some posters have been removed, at least one larger sign on the Ballyconnell Road remained in place last night. The poster makes reference to salaries of three QIH directors and has been displayed at the location for over a year.

It comes against the backdrop of threats and violence against QIH directors - including Kevin Lunney's recent kidnap and torture.

PSNI officers are, meanwhile, scrutinising a photograph of a man in a balaclava, apparently reading out a death threat to directors at QIH.

The PSNI confirmed: "We are aware of a photograph and this is being considered as part of the wider ongoing investigation."

Last night John McCartin, a non-executive director with QIH, said: "When criminality is so emboldened it can feel it can obstruct the county council and gardaí to remove a poster in contravention of both planning by-laws and litter by-laws, then there's a clear challenge to the authority of the state."

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