Kevin Lunney, who was stripped to his underwear and doused with bleach during a brutal attack last month is now believed to be ‘recovering well’ from physical injuries.
This week Quinn directors have spoken out about the attack and the campaign of intimidation and violence that peaked in the attack in which Mr Lunney’s leg was broken, some fingernails removed and a Stanley knife used to lacerate his skin.
The Irish News report Mr Lunney is on crutches and his leg is still giving him pain. Liam McCaffrey, CEO of QIH added that “it is too early to speculate on a return to work or the timing of that”. The attack on Mr Lunney followed years of intimidation aimed at the directors of Quinn Industrial Holdings which are said to have began around the latter part of 2015. At Christmas 2015, following a visit to see Santa Mr Lunney returned home with his children to find a pig’s head dumped near his door.
Speaking to RTE Mr McCaffrey said, “You have an escalation of what you might call the deliberate physical targeting of executives from August 2018 onwards,” he continued, “Had what has been happening to the Quinn executives been happening to somebody from Facebook or from Google or from Intel there would have been national out cry about it.” Following an attack in which Tony Lunney’s daughter’s car was burnt Mr McCaffrey had said if something isn’t done ‘lives will be lost here’.
“We cannot continue to work here in the longer term if our lives are at stake, it’s as simple as that, we can’t do that to the family,” he notes.
Tony Lunney, brother of Kevin and Production Director at QIH gave an emotional interview to RTE describing in depth the night of the attack. He categorically states, “If he hadn’t been found he definitely wouldn’t have survived.”
He adds that Mr Lunney is ‘in good spirits’ but he still in quite a bit of pain, particularly his leg, but despite that he is ‘on the mend’.
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