There has been another arson attack at the home of a senior manager of Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH).
This time the incident happened at the Ballyconnell home of Tony Lunney, at approximately 11.20pm last night [Tuesday]. A car belonging to Mr Lunney’s daughter was set alight, and the blaze had to be contained by two fire crews. Gardai also attended the scene.
This attack comes after a series of similar incidents. Just weeks ago another senior manager, Dara O’Reilly, his wife, and two young children, were lucky to escape with their lives after a car very close to the home where they were sleeping was set on fire. Extensive damage was caused to the house in Butlersbridge, and only for the prompt arrival of the emergency services the blaze could’ve been much worse.
CEO of QIH, Liam McCaffrey, has called on the authorities to be more proactive in their investigation, stating it was frustrating such little progress had been made to date.
“It is grossly unacceptable that criminals who threaten the lives and wellbeing of staff on both sides of the border continue to operate with impunity,” he said. “It is also enormously frustrating that following years of intimidation and threats and a substantial escalation of violence over recent months that not a single arrest has been made.
“Unless politicians and the authorities on both sides of the border properly prioritise and resource this issue, as they have with gangland and paramilitary crime in other area, lives will be lost. More than 830 staff and their families and the wider community are impacted by this violence and intimidation and they are in urgent need of reassurance that this issue is being taken seriously.”
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