At a time of economic decline, when construction jobs are few and far between the loss of a 60 tonne mobile crane worth approx €350,000 will not be an easy burden on the Quinn Group.
The Ballinamore fire unit was called to the scene of the blaze shortly after 10.30pm. They found a 60 tonne mobile crane, parked adjacent to the new school, engulfed in fire. It took fire officers over four hours to get the blaze under control and there were a number of explosions, some of which were caused by the tyres on the crane.
Both local gardai and the Chief Fire Officer have confirmed that damage has been caused to the new school structure as a result of the intense heat but it is too early to say how badly the building has been impacted.
Ballinamore Post Primary School principal Padraig Leyden did confirm work on the site will cease temporarily but is confident the project will be completed by the anticipated date of Easter 2014.
The Quinn Group said they do believe the latest attack on their property outside of their manufacturing plants is an “escalation of events.” The condemned the “latest attack” on its operation and called it a “mindless incident.”
They said the arson means that employees constructing the school were a few days without work. “Thankfully no one was injured in the attack which was carried out with no regard whatsoever to the safety of innocent people.”
In the context of the current recession, the group said these “continuing acts of malicious sabotage directed towards the destruction of our local businesses and ultimately local employment, beggars belief. These recent attacks alone have cost our businesses in the region of €250,000 - no business can continue to sustain that level of sabotage cost without it having an impact on jobs.”
The group said so far these attacks have not resulted in any job losses and it is their “absolute determination” to ensure that jobs are secured to the greatest possible extent.
The Quinn Group encourages local influencers and community leaders to condemn outright all of these outrages and we ask them to encourage people to give whatever help they can to the Gardai and to the PSNI in tracking down the culprits and their sponsors.