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Four people arrested in relation to abduction of Kevin Lunney

Three of the arrests were made by the PSNI, and Gardaí arrested the fourth person, who is being detained in Cavan.

Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) offices in Derrylin in County Fermanagh
Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) offices in Derrylin in County Fermanagh
Image: Liam McBurney

FOUR PEOPLE HAVE been arrested today by police officers in Northern Ireland in relation to the “horrific” abduction of Kevin Lunney, the Gardaí and PSNI said.

Lunney, director of Quinn Industrial Holdings, was taken from his car near his home in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh on the evening of 23 September last year.

He was savagely assaulted and tortured before being left at the side of the road at Drumcoughill, Cornafean in Co Cavan sometime before 9pm the same night.

Two men, aged 23 and 61, and one woman, aged 61, were arrested in the Fermanagh area by PSNI officers on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap; conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, and assisting offenders.

They have been taken into custody at Omagh Police Station where they are being questioned by detectives.

An Garda Síochána also arrested a man in his 30s in relation to the abduction and assault for an offence contrary to section 72 Criminal Justice Act 2006.

He is currently detained at Cavan Garda Station under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007.

Detective Chief Inspector Julie Mullan from PSNI’s Criminal Investigation Branch said: “The arrests today show the close working partnership between the PSNI and An Garda Síochána and our determination to bring those responsible for this heinous crime before the courts.”

Chief Superintendent John O Reilly of the Cavan-Monaghan Garda Division said:

Today’s arrests demonstrate An Garda Síochána’s ongoing commitment, working closely with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and is a further significant step to ensuring that the perpetrators of this vicious attack will be brought to justice.

If anyone has any information in relation to the Lunney attack or kidnapping is urged to contact police at Enniskillen on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1748 17/09/19 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

An Garda Síochána can be contacted at Cavan Garda Station on 049 4368800, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111, Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25 or any Garda Station.

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