SEAN QUINN HAS condemned an attack at a property owned by the Quinn Group and said the perpetrators are not acting in his name.
However, Quinn was critical of the new owners of Quinn Manufacturing – now known as the Aventas Group – who had asked him to speak out against the attack.
In a statement released this evening, Quinn said he had not owned the business since 2002 when he transferred it to this family, and said he had already condemned all attacks “in the strongest terms”.
Quinn made the comments after a bus was parked at the entrance to a Quinn Group property in Ballyconnell in Cavan and set on fire at around 5.30am today. Gardaí said a technical examination has been carried out of the scene.
“Today’s statement by the Aventas Group calling on the former owner of the Quinn Group to condemn the recent attacks is unclear as I have not owned the business since 2002, having transferred it to my family,” Quinn said.
“While the statement does not specifically name me, I believe it is none the less important to reiterate that I have already condemned these attacks in the strongest terms, a fact that is widely reported in the national media”.
“Least there by any doubt, I wish to reiterate in the most categoric terms that I condemn these unlawful acts and that any persons carrying out such acts are not acting in my name”.
The Aventas group said the ongoing campaign to disrupt and sabotage the business would not lead to the reinstatement of the former owner.
Quinn used the statement to attack Anglo Irish Bank, in which he invested and lost heavily, saying that the bank orchestrated a “covert and underhand takeover of the Quinn Group”.
A number of attacks on Quinn Group properties and former properties have taken place over the past year, including a truck which was driven into a wall at a Quinn Group premises in Fermanagh.