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Kevin Lunney 'is recovering well' from injuries inflicted by masked men

Kevin Lunney was abducted from his home near Derrylin in Co Fermangh by a gang of masked men

TORTURE victim Kevin Lunney is "recovering well from his physical injuries", his boss Liam McCaffrey has said.

Mr Lunney was abducted last month from his home near Derrylin in Co Fermangh by a gang of four masked men, badly beaten and dumped across the border in Co Cavan.

During the sadistic attack the father-of-six had his leg broken in two places, his right arm battered and his face lacerated with a Stanley knife. The letters QIH were also carved on his chest.

Mr Lunney's fingernails were cut back to the quick, with the attackers presumably concerned about being identified by DNA traces.

During his two-and-a-half hour ordeal, Mr Lunney was doused in bleach and told that if he and four of his colleagues did not resign they would be shot.

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Mr Lunney was found by a local farmer on the roadside across the border in Cornafean, Co Cavan.

Mr McCaffrey, chief executive of QIH, said: "Kevin is recovering well from his physical injuries.

"He is still on crutches and his leg is still giving him pain. Physically he is healing well.

"It is too early to speculate on a return to work and the timing of that.''

He said Mr Lunney was comforted by the many cards and letters of support he has received.

"Some of them from people he knew and some from complete strangers."

Mr Lunney has had an operation on his broken leg.

“The physical injuries will heal but it will be a long way back after that ordeal,” Mr McCaffrey said.

Fr Oliver O'Reilly, from Ballyconnell in Co Cavan, told mass-goers that the assault and torture of Mr Lunney was a "modern form of crucifixion".

He blamed a Mafia-style group for the assault and condemned those behind it.

There have been around 70 incidents throughout a five-year campaign of violence and intimidation directed at the management that has been running QIH.

The Quinn family has consistently condemned and distanced itself from those attacking the QIH management.

Last week Sean Quinn told Channel 4 News the attacks are not being carried out in his name.

''I’d have no hand, act or part or no knowledge or no gain; I’d have no benefit of doing anything to Kevin Lunney. Kevin Lunney and I were good friends for years,'' he said.

People with links to paramilitary organisations, along with a number of individuals involved in cross-border organised criminality, are believed to be involved.

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