Thursday 25 May 2017

Denmark raises issue of death threats at ex-Quinn windfarm

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

The Danish Ambassador to Ireland is set to meet Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald following the receipt of death threats against workers in Vestas, a Danish company operating a windfarm formerly owned by the Quinn Group.

The meeting between Carsten Sondergaard, the Danish Ambassador, Vestas and the Department of Justice officials is scheduled for Thursday.

Ms Fitzgerald, who is expected to attend the crisis meeting, had already sought a report on the matter, which has seen workers receive three bullets and a threatening letter, warning them to stay away from the Slieve Rushen windfarm.

Vestas told the Sunday Independent that the purpose of the meeting was to raise concerns and discuss possible solutions.

Representatives of Mantlin, which owns the windfarm and whose parent company is European investment firm Platina Partners, will also attend.

Mantlin has said it is very concerned about the message the incidents have been sending out about investment in Co Fermanagh.

Senior executives at Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH), the company that bought the old Quinn packaging and building businesses, have also faced threats.

QIH has said the incidents will not "distract us from our drive to ensure that the company continues the strong growth which we have demonstrated".

Sean Quinn Snr, who formerly led the Quinn Group, and who was appointed as a consultant to QIH in late 2014, has repeatedly spoken out against acts of intimidation in the region.

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