Call for police protection for QIH executives

Leitrim Observer Reporter


Leitrim Observer Reporter

Call for police protection for QIH executives

Quinn Industrial Holding's Headquarters in Derrylin

Sinn Féin Justice spokesman Martin Kenny TD has called for an adequate and appropriate policing response to the abduction and torture of Mr Kevin Lunney.

The TD for Sligo-Leitrim has said their also must be an adequate response to the campaign of intimidation and violence which My Lunney and other directors of the company have endured over the past few years.

Deputy Kenny said: “The attack on Kevin Lunney was barbaric and has horrified the community of which he is a valuable member. His 830 colleagues in Quinn Industrial Holdings and their families and friends are standing with him against this intimidation and violence.

“There has been a campaign of intimidation against Kevin and some of his other management colleagues at QIH over years. It is time that the gardaí and the PSNI together took a more proactive and urgent role in the protection of these people. It needs an adequate and appropriate policing response.

“Why have they been left to their own devices while this campaign has continued? If they were executives in a multi-national company here employing over 800 people, would they be told to stop for no one on the road and build panic rooms in their homes?

“There are some high profile individuals in this state who have 24-hour protection due to feuding between criminal gangs. What gives them a superior right to protection over these men?

“It is time for action by the police services on both sides of the border to end this outrageous campaign against people who are going about their business and greatly benefitting the community in this area.”

The call comes as the Minister for justice Charlie Falangan tells Dáil memvers : "I want to assure the House that both An Garda Síochána and the PSNI will leave no stone left unturned in seeking to identify and bring to justice those responsible for this sinister and reprehensible act.

Speaking about Garda resources, Minister Flanagan stated : The Commissioner has now established Armed Support Units in all Garda Regions, to provide an armed response capacity on a regional basis to support and supplement the national Emergency Response Unit. In the Northern Region, ASUs are already based in Ballyshannon and Dundalk, and arrangements are in train to provide for the establishment of the Unit in Cavan."

Also read: Sean Quinn condemns attack on Kevin Lunney