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Quinn Industrial Holdings: Timeline of harrassment and intimidation

Brendan Hughes

DOZENS of incidents of harassment and intimidation have taken place against Quinn Industrial Holdings over the past four years.

A timeline has been compiled cataloguing the threats and abuse faced by QIH, its employees, directors and senior management. There have also been numerous anonymous posts online which have spread misinformation.

A pig's head left at a director's home, bullets in the post, cars set alight and a vehicle trying to push another off the road are among the dozens of threatening incidents.

January 2015: An articulated lorry belonging to the company is set alight at Derrylin cement works.

December 13 2015: A can of petrol and matches are found at the door of a wind farm substation in which QIH directors Tony and Kevin Lunney are shareholders. Graffiti on a wall reads: "Tony, Kevin – it's your choice."

A can of petrol and matches left in December 2015 at the door of a windfarm substation at Molly Mountain, in which Tony and Kevin Lunney are shareholders, along with threatening graffiti

December 13 2015: A pig's head is placed at the home of a director. The pig's head was discovered by the director's young children returning from a trip to Santa.

A pig's head placed at the home of a Quinn Industrial Holdings director in December 2015

February 9 2016: Heavy plant and equipment is damaged in a quarry at Swanlinbar, Co Cavan, after a corrosive substance was put in diesel tanks, damaging the engines beyond repair.

February 2016: Abusive and defamatory signs with directors' names are placed on the roadside close to the company's offices.

March 7 2016: Three bullets, a funeral wreath and a threatening note are sent to energy firm Vestas. The note tells workers to "stay away" from Slieve Rushen wind farm, formerly owned by the Quinn group, or "face the bullet – final warning".

Three rifle bullets, a funeral wreath and a threatening note were sent to Vestas Northern Europe in March 2016

April 2016: A sign is placed at the entrance of the company headquarters which reads, "Remove the UDA + UVF off our mountain or face the gun".

A sign erected in April 2016 placed at the entrance to QIH headquarters saying "remove the UDA + UVF off our mountain or face the gun". QIH described it as "clearly an attempt to inflame local republican paramilitary sympathisers to take action again the individuals named".

August 8 2016: Damage to crushing equipment in Gortmullan quarry after foreign bodies were put into oil tanks.

September 22 2016: Engine damage to heavy plant and equipment in Gortmullan quarry after sand and corrosive material were put into the fuel and engine oil tanks.

January 2017: Sand is found in the hydraulic system of an excavator in Gortmullan shale pit.

September 19 2017: Intimidatory signs appear.

October 29 2017: A sign is erected close to an office on the northern side of the border.

November 2 2017: Two signs erected near Kevin Lunney's home saying "Burn Glass Factory AG".

November 22 2017: A sign appears naming a member of QIH management.

April 22 2018: A sign is erected at Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, naming and making criticisms of QIH directors.

May 3 2018: A nephew of Kevin and Tony Lunney is attacked, sustaining a facial injury.

June 19 2018: Signs against named QIH directors are erected in Ballyconnell and Derrylin.

Posters erected at Derrylin and Ballyconnell in September 2018

August 31 2018: Arson attack in Belturbet, Co Cavan at Eco Tyre Threading Solutions, which is owned by one of QIH's senior managers.

September 8 2018: Phone threat made against QIH chairman Adrian Barden.

September 15 2018: A car tries to force a patrol vehicle off the road between Ballyconnell and Derrylin.

September 22 2018: A poster about a non-executive director is spotted in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim.

October 2 2018: A lorry driver sees a car acting suspiciously close to his home at Derrylin.

October 3 2018: An investigation is launched about an overturned lorry.

October 9 2018: PSNI says it received a confidential line call warning that "one of the Lunneys was going to be attacked", according to QIH.

October 17 2018: QIH chief finance officer Dara O'Reilly's car is set alight outside his home in Butlersbridge, Co Cavan.

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October 30 2018: A car is burnt out in an arson attack in Ballyconnell at the home of Tony Lunney.

A car targeted in an arson attack at the home of QIH director Tony Lunney in October last year in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan

November 28 2018: Damage to machinery in Gortmullen identified after a blue substance is removed from the engine.

A pig's head left at a director's home, bullets in the post, cars set alight and a vehicle trying to push another off the road are among the dozens of threatening incidents.

November 29 2018: Two masked individuals are captured on CCTV attempting to remove a ventilation grille on the front of a wind farm substation, in a suspected arson attempt.

CCTV images of two masked people spotted attempting to remove a ventilation grille on the front of wind farm substation in November 2018

December 22 2018: Two people arrested close to the Molly wind farm entrance. A vehicle is also pursued over the border close to Kinawley.

February 1 2019: Dara O'Reilly and Kevin Lunney are allegedly attacked at a service station. Both receive hospital treatment.

March 24 2019: A man is captured on camera at Eco Tyres in a suspected attempted burglary or arson.

September 17 2019: Kevin Lunney is abducted in Co Fermanagh and badly beaten by a masked gang before being left at the side of a road in Co Cavan.

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