Garda commissioner in Ballyconnell today

Minister calls for an investigation into Garda responses during the five-year campaign of violence and intimidation around the Quinn Industrial Holdings Group.

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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Garda Commissioner Drew Harris

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris in Ballyconnell today

Garda Commissioner Dew Harris will be in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan today, Wednesday September 25 to attend the annual Garda-PSNI cross border conference in the Slieve Russell Hotel.

The conference is ecpected to discuss future cross-border co-operation with the threat of Brexit, national security and the rising threat posed by dissident crime gangs. It is also expected that the Commissinoer will address the recent abduction and torture of Kevin Lunney.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has asked Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to investigate the Garda responses during the five-year campaign of violence and intimidation around the Quinn Industrial Holdings Group.


The Directors of QIH have reported death threats and acts of intimidation to Gardai over the past number of years. The investigation of the previously reported incidents will form a seperate strand to the main investigation of the abduction and torture of Mr Lunney last week.


Minister Flanagan stated: “People on both sides of the border were appalled when news of this vicious attack emerged from the Fermanagh/Cavan border area.”
He went on to say in Dáil Eireann last Friday: “This was a barbaric and cowardly act by barbarous thugs who have no regard for human decency or the rule of law on either side of the border.
“I want to assure the House that both An Garda Síochána and the PSNI will leave no stone unturned in seeking to identify and bring to justice those responsible for this sinister and reprehensible act.”


The minister also confirmed the establishment of an Armed Support Unit in Cavan to supplement the national Emergency Response Unit.

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