Thursday 17 October 2019

'What sort of animals would do that?' Archbishop hits out at 'sickening' torture gang


Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Sarah MacDonald

The attack on Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney has been described as "sickening" by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin who condemned the perpetrators as "animals".

Speaking exclusively to the Irish Independent yesterday at Bonnybrook parish in Dublin, Dr Martin said the Omertà and intimidation would only be broken by people in the local area working with the Garda.

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"What happened there is just appalling," he said.

"I am just astonished by the level of violence.

"People have to have the courage to break the silence and let what is known be known - that will help."

Dr Martin described the violence used against Mr Lunney as "sickening" and added: "You have to ask what sort of animals would do that?"

His criticisms were echoed by Fr Gerard Alwill, parish priest of Derrylin, in Co Fermanagh.

Speaking at all Masses over the weekend in his parish, Fr Alwill condemned what happened as "totally abhorrent to all decent people".

"Not only does this barbaric act run contrary to our Christian values, but it also runs totally against our own natural human values," he told parishioners.

Explaining that he could not face into celebrating weekend Masses in the parish without speaking about what had occurred last week, he said that the "savage attack" ran "totally contrary to every sinew of human decency that is within us" and to Christian values.

"I, as an individual, and we as a community, are both horrified and disgusted by the brutality of this attack and by the sheer heartlessness that could inflict such suffering on the wife, the children and the wider family of the individual concerned," he added.

Acknowledging people's right to hold different opinions, he said they had the right to air such opinions but "nobody has the right to inflict such an appalling and vicious onslaught on any man or woman, or on any family".

"In Christian eyes, there can be no justification whatsoever for such actions."

The priest said that over the past few days he has sensed a growing feeling of anger, resentment and revulsion among the members of the community over what has happened.

"Those who have spoken to me have mentioned their sense of shock, their sense of outrage and their sense of disbelief that such a terrible thing could happen here.

"Many feel helpless and afraid, with no one to speak on their behalf."

He implored those responsible to stop the violence now and added that there has to be a better way of resolving matters.

"In the name of God - stop before somebody gets killed," he said.

Irish Independent

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