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Three people arrested over kidnap and torture of businessman Kevin Lunney

Two men and a woman are being held over Lunney’s kidnap in September.

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THREE PEOPLE HAVE been arrested in relation to the abduction and kidnap of Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney.

Gardaí investigating the case have detained two men, one in his 20s and another in his 40s, and a woman in her 50s. They are being held at Kells, Cavan and Monaghan garda stations.

The two men were arrested under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, while the woman was arrested was made for withholding information.

Gardaí said no more information was available at present, but issued a further appeal to anyone with information about the case or about intimidation of other Quinn directors in the Cavan/Fermanagh area to come forward.

Lunney was taken from his car near his home in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh on the evening of 23 September.

He was savagely assaulted and tortured before being left at the side of the road with serious injuries at Drumcoughill, Cornafean in Co Cavan a number of hours later.

No-one had been arrested in relation to the case until now, and gardaí and PSNI recently formed a joint investigation team to step up their investigation into the attack and threats against other Quinn directors.

Last week, the main suspect in the investigation, Cyril McGuinness, died after taking ill during a police raid on a property in Derbyshire in the UK.

His death took place the same day that gardaí, the PSNI and Derbyshire Constabulary searched a number of locations in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK.

On Sunday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with the five directors of Quinn Industrial Holdings, including Lunney.

Varadkar said in a statement that he met with them in order to thank them for their “courage and determination” as well as to thank Kevin Lunney for the resilience he has shown since his “barbaric abduction, assault and torture”.

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