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Wednesday 11 December 2019

Mother and son held as gardai probe kidnap and torture of director

Kevin Lunney recovering at home
Kevin Lunney recovering at home

A mother and son are among three people arrested as part of the investigation into the kidnap and torture of Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) director Kevin Lunney.

It is understood that all three suspects arrested as part of the investigation into the savage attack on Mr Lunney had properties linked to them raided as part of the inquiry last week.

Gardai arrested a Co Longford criminal in his 40s, who is suspected of supplying cars used in the brutal crime.

A woman in her 50s and her son, who is in his 20s, from Co Cavan, are also being questioned about a horsebox and bleach used in the torture of Mr Lunney.

The three suspects are being held by officers at stations in Cavan, Monaghan and Kells.

Mr Lunney (50) was abducted outside his home near Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, on September 17 and taken to a horsebox across the Border, where he was savagely beaten.

A garda spokesperson said: "An Garda Siochana continues to appeal to any person who has any information, no matter how insignificant it appears, on this vicious criminal attack, or any other criminal activities which have taken place in the Cavan/Fermanagh Border area over recent years, to contact An Garda Siochana at Cavan Garda Station on 049 4368800, the Garda Confidential Line (1800 666 111) or Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25, or any garda station."

Senior sources said officers had also received key intelligence on the Cavan duo from analysing data from mobile phones seized from the mastermind of the plot, Cyril 'Dublin Jimmy' McGuinness.

The crime boss dropped dead during a police raid at his UK safe house last week.

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The Herald previously revealed McGuinness recruited two Dublin-based criminals to carry out surveillance on the five directors of QIH in the weeks leading up to Mr Lunney's abduction.

Reliable sources have revealed that McGuinness ordered the intelligence- gathering operation as he could not initially decide which of the five directors he would kidnap.

It is understood his associates used a van to conduct surveillance at the homes and workplaces of the men to establish their routines and routes.

Other members of McGuinness's gang, believed to number about a dozen in total, were also involved in secretly monitoring the movements of QIH directors Liam McCaffrey, John McCartin, Dara O'Reilly and brothers Tony and Kevin Lunney.

The attack was timed to coincide with a board meeting involving the company directors and QIH's international investors, which had been due to take place in Derrylin on the morning after the kidnapping but was cancelled.

The executives representing the company's three main financial backers, who had arrived in Dublin at around the time that Mr Lunney was abducted, returned to the US after being told their security could not be assured.

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