Lagan Cement threatened with bullet in post

Lagan Group who are in the process of a joint venture with Quinn Building Products was threatened with a bullet in the post recently.

Lagan Group who are in the process of a joint venture with Quinn Building Products was threatened with a bullet in the post recently.

The rifle bullet was seemingly sent as a threat against the group’s link up with Quinn Group, and was accompanied by a message reading: “Quinn ... is this what you want”.

The bullet was received by Lagan chief executive, Kevin Lagan, at his Belfast office and has been reported to the PSNI. He described the incident as “a crude intimidatory tactic” to prevent a join venture with the Quinn Group.

Mr Lagan stated, “This is clearly an attempt to intimidate myself and the Lagan Group at a time when we are engaged in discussions with Quinn on combining our cement and building products businesses.”

He said, “The people behind this crude intimidatory tactic clearly aren’t interested in protecting jobs, but we will not be swayed from our determination to complete our discussions successfully.”

A spokesperson for the Quinn Group, told the Leitrim Observer, “The Quinn Manufacturing Group has experienced significant intimidation over the past twenty-one months and we are well aware of the grave upset and annoyance this causes to our colleagues and their families.

“Whatever cause is espoused by those who perpetrate and/ or sponsor intimidation of this kind, it is absolutely clear that these people have no concern for the preservation of jobs. Further, they have no concern for the families of individuals who are dependent on the success of these businesses and they have absolutely no regard for the image of the locality and the community.”

Paul O’Brien, CEO, Quinn Manufacturing Group said “It is well beyond time for them to show some regard and respect for their own community and I call on them to stop this disgusting intimidation immediately.”

Lagan Cement Group’s memorandum of understanding with Quinn Building Products may lead to a joint venture between the two groups whereby they would combine their cement and building products businesses based in Ballyconnell, Derrylin, Kinnegad, Belfast, Cork and Benelux.