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'Nothing to suggest' threat of attack on Quinn Industrial Holdings executives has reduced

Kevin Lunney spoke to BBC's Spotlight programme about his abduction and torture

THERE is nothing to suggest the threat of attack against Kevin Lunney and colleagues at Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) has reduced, gardaí have warned.

Mr Lunney, a director at the firm, was abducted outside his Co Fermanagh home last September and tortured before being dumped across the border in Co Cavan.

He had his leg broken in two places, his fingernails sliced down to the quick and the letters QIH carved on his chest.

The father-of-six was also doused in bleach and told that if he and four colleagues did not resign they would be shot.

The most recent death threat to Mr Lunney and the other men - Liam McCaffrey, Tony Lunney, Dara O’Reilly and John McCartin – was issued by a masked man weeks after the abduction.

The five men met with gardaí recently.

“We were told there is nothing to suggest the threat of attack has reduced,” said one of the men, who did not wish to be named.

“We can’t let our guard down.”

Further arrests are expected over the “next month of so” but it is understood they will be “peripheral people” and not the person or persons suspected to have ordered and paid for the attack on Mr Lunney.

Tony Lunney recalls the night his brother Kevin was attacked

“The Garda sound confident,” said another QIH director, who did not wish to be named.

“It sounds like they have a lot of technical evidence.”

A key suspect, Cyril McGuinness, known as "Dublin Jimmy", died during a police raid in Derbyshire, England in November.

The attack on Mr Lunney represented a dramatic escalation of a campaign of intimidation directed at QIH, its management and employees.

Around 70 incidents have been recorded over the last four years, ranging from threatening graffiti and signs to attacks on cars and company equipment.

Mr Lunney has returned to work but is still recovering from his injuries.

Four men have been remanded in custody in connection with his abduction and false imprisonment.

They are: Darren Redmond (25) of Caledon Road and Alan O'Brien (38) of Shelmalier Road, Dublin, Luke O'Reilly (66) of Mullahoran Lower, Kilcogy, Co Cavan, and a fourth man, who cannot be identified due to a reporting restriction.

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