Brothers Seamus and Peter Rynn along with fellow workers protested outside of the Quinn Group Headquarters in Derrylin last week over changes to a long running contract arrangement.
The Leitrim Observer understands that Arigna Shale Ltd have been suppling shale, a composite part of the cement process to the Quinn Group for over 20 years. It is understood a “handshake” agreement had been made with former CEO Sean Quinn over the lorry loads of shale to be purchased by the group each week.
According to reports, the Quinn Group now under the directorship of IBRC (formerly Anglo Irish Bank) have moved to reduce the number of loads of Arigna shale.
The Quinn Group may be locating shale for a different location or using a different composite in the cement mixture.
The Rynn brothers took up protest outside of Quinn Headquarters with placards early last week as they believe the reduction in loads has been done without reasonable notice to the company. These new arrangements could cost jobs at the Arigna Shale Ltd, although this has not been confirmed. Efforts were made to contact the company.
Bernard Farrell speaking on behalf of the Quinn Manufacturing Group stated, ”Companies rarely, if ever, discuss commercial arrangements with individual suppliers in public. We are no exception.”
“We have had numerous discussions with this party. This is not the first time this has happened and we believe this behaviour is neither warranted nor appropriate.”
The Quinn Group noted that “There were no Quinn employees involved.”