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Ireland Michael D’Arcy says Kevin Lunney and Quinn chiefs have been 'let down' by local gardai

11:25  11 november  2019
11:25  11 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Quinn chiefs to meet with the Garda Commissioner over death-threats probe

  Quinn chiefs to meet with the Garda Commissioner over death-threats probe Directors of Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) will hold a meeting with the Garda Commissioner tomorrow seeking an update on the investigation into death threats and assaults against the company's senior executives. Six weeks ago, Kevin Lunney was abducted near his Fermanagh home and held for more than two hours, but no arrests have yet been made. Six weeks ago, Kevin Lunney was abducted near his Fermanagh home and held for more than two hours, but no arrests have yet been made.

Kevin Lunney and his fellow Quinn Industrial Holdings executives had been “ let - down ” by gardaí based in Border divisions, a Fine Gael junior Michael D ’ Arcy accepted the campaign of intimidation and violence directed at the QIH executives had not been tackled strongly and speedily enough.

Michael D ' Arcy said the brutal attack on Kevin Lunney was 'an outrage'. Minister of State Michael D ' Arcy has said senior gardaí in the border region have " let down " the directors of Quinn Industrial Mr D ' Arcy said the directors were disappointed by senior gardaí and "on-the-ground" policing, and

Junior Minister Michael D’Arcy has said Kevin Lunney and other Quinn chiefs have been “let down” by local gardai, not the Government.

The Fine Gael minister claimed the campaign of intimidation faced by QIH directors was not due

to a lack of Garda resources.

Mr Lunney was savagely assaulted and tortured before being left at the side of the road at Drumcoughill, Cornafean, in Co Cavan, on September 23.

The main suspect, who is believed to have orchestrated the abduction, died on Friday during a police raid in the UK.

CAB should team up with elite NI cops to nail Kevin Lunney kidnappers, says Micheal Martin

  CAB should team up with elite NI cops to nail Kevin Lunney kidnappers, says Micheal Martin The FF chief said a cross border, multi-agency response was needed to stop further attacks on Quinn directors .His call comes in the wake of the horror ordeal of Mr Lunney, who was dragged off at knifepoint, savagely tortured and dumped on a roadway in just his underwear.Mr Martin told Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio One: “These are exceptional criminals. They are professional and vicious.“The rule of the State does not run here.” © Gareth Chaney/Collins Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin He said a no-holds barred response on both sides of the border is required.

JUNIOR MINISTER MICHAEL D ’ Arcy has said that Kevin Lunney and other directors of Quinn Industrial Holdings have been “ let down ” by local Lunney was savagely assaulted and tortured before being left at the side of the road at Drumcoughill, Cornafean in Co Cavan on 23 September.

Earlier, Fine Gael’s Michael D ’ Arcy claimed QIH executives had been “ let down ” by gardaí based in Border divisions. The campaign of violence and threats “should have been dealt with sooner and better” at local Garda Kevin Lunney says captors worked through ‘list of brutally specific orders’.

a close up of a man with a beard looking at the camera: BBC Spotlight interview with Kevin Lunney © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited BBC Spotlight interview with Kevin Lunney Mr D’Arcy said the directors have been let down by gardai not dealing with the attacks before Mr Lunney’s abduction.

He told RTE’s The Week In Politics on Sunday: “The disappointment wasn’t from the very top, from Commissioner Drew Harris, it wasn’t from the Taoiseach, it wasn’t from the Minister for Justice.

“The disappointment was on the ground in relation to the policing that happened in those areas.

a man in a suit standing in front of a building: Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton PSNI  speak to the media regarding the investigation of the abduction of Kevin Lunney at Garda Headquarters today. © Collins Photos Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton PSNI  speak to the media regarding the investigation of the abduction of Kevin Lunney at Garda Headquarters today.

“What happened was an outrage, it was hideous the treatment of Kevin Lunney and it should have been dealt with sooner and better at that level, but on every occasion, the Taoiseach shouldn’t have

Simon Coveney insists catching criminals intimidating Quinn directors is 'high priority for Government'

  Simon Coveney insists catching criminals intimidating Quinn directors is 'high priority for Government' The Tanaiste’s comments came as gardai and the PSNI continue to investigate the brutal kidnap of Kevin LunneyMr Coveney told the Dail he was aware of concerns that investors in Quinn Industrial Holdings may pull out, with the loss of hundreds of jobs, if the campaign of violence in the Fermanagh/Cavan border area cannot be stopped.

Deputy general secretary Antoinette Cunningham said it was “ironic” a Government Minister was “attacking” local gardaí . Mr D ’ Arcy , Minister of State for Public Expenditure, had said on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics the campaign of violence and threats against QIH “should have been dealt with

Chief suspect in Kevin Lunney attack dies during police raid. New Garda-PSNI team to investigate gang Mr Barden said if more employees were injured, the investors would have to consider closing QIH because they Whilst there has been a huge investment in this business, is it really worth a life?

to get involved, or the Minister for Justice or the Garda Commissioner.

“The issue with tackling high-level criminality in the region is not a matter of resources.”

Responding to the comments, Fianna Fail’s Justice spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan said: “It is bizarre to say the least that Minster D’Arcy should try to pass the buck on to the gardai on the ground for the ongoing campaign of intimidation and violence against QIH.

Michael W. D'Arcy smiling for the camera: Junior Minister Michael D’Arcy © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Junior Minister Michael D’Arcy “His comments are totally unhelpful and only serve to make a bad situation worse.”

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with the five directors of Quinn Industrial Holdings yesterday afternoon.

He said in a statement: “I wanted to hear their views and assure them of the Government’s support for QIH.

“I assured them their security, that of their employees and law and order in the border region is treated with the utmost seriousness at the top of Government.”

‘We admire his courage’ — Clerics defend Fr Oliver O’Reilly after Sean Quinn pens letter to the Vatican .
Clerics have defended Cavan priest Fr Oliver O’Reilly who spoke out following the attack on Quinn Industrial Holdings executive Kevin Lunney. The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has backed Ballyconnell parish priest Fr O’Reilly, who has been scathing in his sermons following the attacks on Quinn staff in recent years.

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