Sit-in at Quinn Group HQ

QUINN Headquarters in Derrylin was taken over by Quinn employees, business people, local clubs and groups yesterday morning (Tuesday, April 26) following a protest at the site.

QUINN Headquarters in Derrylin was taken over by Quinn employees, business people, local clubs and groups yesterday morning (Tuesday, April 26) following a protest at the site.

QUINN Headquarters in Derrylin was taken over by Quinn employees, business people, local clubs and groups yesterday morning (Tuesday, April 26) following a protest at the site.

“We are here today to look after the property of it’s rightful owner until he returns,” spokesperson for the Cavan -Fermanagh- Leitrim Border Area Community Action Group, Pauric Donohoe told the Leitrim Observer yesterday afternoon.

By Fiona Heavey

The new action supporting growth and job retention in the Quinn group organised a protest outside of Quinn Headquarters yesterday morning but it took an unexpected turn when the large group of over 700 protesters took over the Quinn Group Headquarters with a sit in.

Proprietor of Supervalu stores in Ballinamore, Ballyconnell and Centra in Belturbet, Pauric Donohoe told the Leitrim Observer, “It is customary in this area for the people to stand by their neighbour when evicted.” He said they will not leave the building until Sean Quinn tells them to. He said the group were not impeding any work at the group and by lunchtime yesterday “nobody has told us to go.” Mr Donohoe said “we have the support of the staff.” When asked how long the sit in could last, Mr Donohoe told the paper “it could be days.” He said “we have a legitimate reason to be here.”

The organisers had prepared a letter which they wanted to hand into the new directors on their first day in the group, they entered the Headquarters followed by the large crowd. The directors were not there and the security men asked to be allowed out unharmed and they were brought out. The group went on to set up a sit in and many group employees did not return to work but stayed in the building.

In a statement to the paper, the group said they “demand that Quinn management be reinstated to ensure local commitment and for Quinn Insurance to be retained with the Quinn group and operated as detailed under the Quinn Proposal.”

“We want Anglo out. We want the bondholders to restructure the Quinn debt as per prior agreement,” they stated. The group want to retain the jobs in the Quinn Group, the creation of more jobs as per the Quinn proposal, repayment of the Quinn debt in full and the preservation of the local communities.

The group had earlier pledged to organise a “series of protests” over the coming weeks “about the injustices being perpetrated on this area and about the threats to our economy and our communities as a result of this ill considered action.” Reports of power outages and disruption to computer services at the Quinn Group has impeded normal business at the various sectors of the Quinn Group over the past week.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.