A sinister threat against the boss of a company in the North involved in merger talks with part of the Quinn Group has been branded "completely outrageous".
A bullet was sent to Kevin Lagan, the chief executive of the Lagan Group, with a note warning: "Quinn . . . is this what you want?"
The company recently held discussions about a joint venture with Quinn Building Products.
But Mr Lagan said he would not be intimidated.
"The people behind this crude, intimidatory tactic clearly aren't interested in protecting jobs, but we will not be swayed from our determination to complete our discussions successfully," he said.
However, this is believed to be the first direct threat against an individual.
"To send a bullet to someone trying to run a business is no way to carry on. It is a completely outrageous and pointless action," Mr Lagan added.