Kevin Lunney assault: Major cross-border search operation launched

Clay Curtis
November 11, 2019

Mr Varadkar said: "I sought this meeting in order to thank the directors for their courage, their determination and their commitment to this vitally important company which creates so much employment and economic activity in a region that needs it".

He also wanted to assure them of the Irish Government's support for QIH.

Mr Lunney was abducted near his Co Fermanagh home, taken to Co Cavan and brutally assaulted.

Searches are underway at a number of locations in Ireland and the United Kingdom today in relation to Lunney's abduction and torture.

Over 100 members of An Garda Síochána took part in the search operation, a number which included Regional Support Units, National Support Service (NSS) Dog Units, the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) and the National Public Order Unit.

The 50-year-old had the letters QIH cut into his chest with a knife and told the BBC's Spotlight last week that he feared that he would never see his wife and children again.

Derbyshire Constabulary has issued a statement following the man's death.

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Justice minister Charlie Flanagan said: "The establishment of the first ever AGS-PSNI Joint Investigation Team involving Eurojust is a very significant and positive development".

Gardai won't have access to possible United Kingdom evidence in the Kevin Lunney case until after an investigation into the death of one of the main suspects.

A man in his 50's has died during a police search of a home in Derbyshire, the UK.

Cyril McGuinness, 54, became ill as police searched his home in Buxton on Friday morning.

No one has been arrested, with police on both sides of the border under mounting pressure to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Mr Lunney, who had worked with Sean Quinn for many years and remained loyal to him after he lost control of the empire, was reinstated as a director and Mr Quinn was employed as a consultant.

The Quinn family have consistently condemned and distanced themselves from those attacking the new owners.

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