27 September 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

The abduction and savage attack on the Quinn Industrial Holdings executive Kevin Lunney in Co. Cavan last week was absolutely awful and outrageous, Minister Heather Humphreys told the Dáil yesterday. She was answering leader’s questions in place of the Taoiseach. In a rare sight in the legislature, two other female Ministers, Regina Doherty TD and Josepha Madigan TD, sat beside her on the front bench.

Minister Humphreys said she was horrified to hear about the assault on Mr Lunney. The government would ensure that the necessary resources would be put in place to make sure that the perpetrators were brought to justice. She was replying to the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin TD, who had raised the issue. Mr Martin said the savage assault on Kevin Lunney had both shocked and angered people across the country.

The savagery and inhumanity involved revealed the continued existence of a minority criminal underground across the border region that acted with impunity beyond the law, undermining the rights of the vast majority of decent and lawabiding citizens, he said. Deputy Martin pointed out that this assault was the latest in a long series of attacks, including arson, intimidation, murder threats, destruction of property and endangerment to workers since 2011.

Mr Martin described the attack on senior Quinn group executive Kevin Lunney by a masked gang as “the last straw in terms of giving protection and quality of life to the people of this region….

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