Lead suspect in Kevin Lunney investigations dies during raid

Kevin Lunney who suffered a barbaric attack

The 50-year-old father-of-six was found bleeding on a roadside in Cornfean after being abducted outside his home in Derrylin.

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.

"I discussed my recent meeting with the Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice".

"I assured them that their own security, that of their employees, and law and order in the border region is treated with the utmost seriousness at the top of government", said Mr Varadkar.

Over 100 members of An Garda Síochána took part in the search operation, a number which included Regional Support Units, National Support Service (NSS) Dog Units, the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) and the National Public Order Unit.

Earlier this week, Mr Lunney told a BBC Spotlight programme how he was slashed with a Stanley knife, doused with bleach and branded by his abductors.

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

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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.

There are reports that the main suspect in the the kidnapping and torture of Kevin Lunney has died.

The man took ill when police were searching his home in Derbyshire, England this morning.

"I am pleased that 150 additional officers have been assigned to the region in the last two years following a hard period for policing arising from the 2010 closure of Templemore College", he said.

When his business empire collapsed, businessmen, including his former associates, bought the companies.

Mr Lunney, who had worked with Sean Quinn for many years and remained loyal to him after he lost control of the empire, was reinstated as a director and Mr Quinn was employed as a consultant.

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

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