Published: Mon, November 11, 2019

Suspect In Kevin Lunney Investigation Dies

Suspect In Kevin Lunney Investigation Dies

Cyril McGuinness, 54, is thought to have suffered a heart attack as police searched his Derbyshire home.

Searches continue to be carried out on both sides of the Border, including in Cavan, as well as the search in Derbyshire as part of the investigation of the abduction of Quinn Industrial Holdings executive.

He was dumped on a road in County Cavan, Republic of Ireland, 22 miles (35km) from where he was abducted.

He was slashed with a knife and left with broken bones.

Gardaí said today's searches are part of "the evidence gathering stage to progress the investigations" into the abduction, false imprisonment and assault of Mr Lunney.

Investigators are continuing to appeal to anyone with any information 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 them.

Kevin Lunney, pictured in the BBC Spotlight programme this week.


Derbyshire Constabulary has issued a statement following the man's death.

Gardai won't have access to possible United Kingdom evidence in the Kevin Lunney case until after an investigation into the death of one of the main suspects.

The raid was part of a major operation across Ireland and the United Kingdom into the kidnap and torture of the Quinn Industrial Holdings director.

Irish justice minister Charlie Flanagan said there were already 1,500 police in the border region - including three police armed support units.

In 2014, the companies comprising Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) were bought over by six businessmen including former associates of his father Sean Quinn.

Mr Lunney, who worked with Mr Quinn for many years and remained loyal after the County Fermanagh tycoon's bankruptcy, was reinstated as a director and Mr Quinn was employed as a consultant.

The Quinn family have consistently condemned and distanced themselves from those attacking the new owners.

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