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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Kidnapped Quinn executive Kevin Lunney 'thought he'd never see his wife or kids again'

Investigation: Members of the PSNI near a laneway leading to the home of Kevin Lunney, in Co Fermanagh. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Investigation: Members of the PSNI near a laneway leading to the home of Kevin Lunney, in Co Fermanagh. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) executive Kevin Lunney feared never seeing his wife or kids again after his assault and abduction earlier this week, a friend has said.

Cavan priest Fr Gerry Comiskey - who con-celebrated Mr Lunney's wedding 25 years ago - spoke with him this week following the horrific ordeal.

"I spent a while with him the night before last...He recounted all of the various aspects of what had happened and of course he spoke of the mental anguish of never seeing Bronagh or the children again," he told RTE Drivetime.

"It was a vile and a callous act, it was indescribable... At points he thought he might not come out of the whole thing alive, as twilight came down upon him on a cold country road, as darkness came down and as he was fading into unconsciousness, without a doubt he had fears that he might not live through it," he added.

Photo: Quinn Industrial Holdings/PA Wire
Photo: Quinn Industrial Holdings/PA Wire

Meanwhile staff at QIH have demanded an end to the "reign of terror" following the "horrendous premeditated attack" on Mr Lunney, who was kidnapped, stripped, tortured and left with life-changing injuries.

Around 800 staff and locals held a solidarity walk in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, in support of chief operating officer Mr Lunney and his family.

Solidarity: DUP leader Arlene Foster chats with Kevin Lunney’s brother Tony at the Quinn Industrial Holdings rally in support of the injured man. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Solidarity: DUP leader Arlene Foster chats with Kevin Lunney’s brother Tony at the Quinn Industrial Holdings rally in support of the injured man. Photo: Steve Humphreys

QIH chief of manufacturing at Northern Ireland Stephen Kelly read a statement signed by all 800 QIH staff, describing the attack as "the latest in a campaign of intimidation against the directors and senior management of QIH". "As a staff group, we utterly condemn this and all previous physical assaults, arson attacks and intimidation on members of staff.

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Fr. Gerry Comiskey PP in Drumlane Co Cavan pictured with Staff of Quinn Industrial Holdings gave a show of support for Kevin Lunney and his family at the Head Office in Derrylin
Pic Steve Humphreys
Fr. Gerry Comiskey PP in Drumlane Co Cavan pictured with Staff of Quinn Industrial Holdings gave a show of support for Kevin Lunney and his family at the Head Office in Derrylin Pic Steve Humphreys

"The people who are perpetuating these acts do not represent us, or our views, and we plead with them to stop this campaign with immediate effect. The staff of QIH fully support the directors and senior management of the company," the statement said.

Fianna Fail TD Brendan Smith and pupils from St Aidan's High School in Derrylin, where Kevin's children attend, were present, as was DUP leader Arlene Foster, who said: "Nothing can justify what happened here."

Mr Lunney's brother - who also works for QIH as production director - was applauded as he escorted a lone beef protester off the property.

The QIH statement went on: "We ask those in our local communities to come together in solidarity to support Kevin and the Lunney family and we also plead with them to give whatever support and assistance is required to assist in bringing these perpetrators to justice," it continued.

Staff of Quinn Industrial Holdings give a show of support for Kevin Lunney and his family at the Head Office in Derrylin
Pic Steve Humphreys
Staff of Quinn Industrial Holdings give a show of support for Kevin Lunney and his family at the Head Office in Derrylin Pic Steve Humphreys

"We demand an end to this reign of terror, to all intimidation and attacks on management and their properties."

Fr Comiskey also said Bronagh Lunney was "devastated" by the attack on her husband, with whom she has six children. He described Kevin as a man with "great inner resources, a man of great personal integrity".

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