'Arson attack' at Quinn Group wind farm

Published Friday, 09 November 2012
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A fire at a wind farm owned by the Quinn Group in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, is being treated as arson.

'Arson attack' at Quinn Group wind farm
The destroyed station in Derrylin. (© Pacemaker)

The blaze took hold at an electrical substation in the Doon area, near the company's headquarters at the Ballyconnell Road, on Thursday evening.

No-one was injured but the building was left with substantial damage.

Two fire engines from Lisnaskea arrived on the scene at 6.49pm and had dealt with the "well developed" fire by 8.46pm.

Station Commander Tim Richmond told UTV their efforts were made more difficult by the high level of electricity and the mountainous surroundings.

"We were unable to fight the fire initially because of the level of electricity in the area, as this carries 33,000 volts," he said.

Specialists isolated the cabinet and Northern Ireland Electricity turned off the power so that the fire fighting could begin.

Tim Richmond, NIFRS

"It was very difficult to tackle because of the location, because the substation is based on the side of a mountain and it was very windy, giving rise to letting the fire accelerate faster than normal, and also the amount of electricity involved."

Police believe the fire was started deliberately at some time between 6pm and 7pm.

It appears to come as the latest in a series of attacks targeting the Quinn Group since former billionaire businessman Sean Quinn was removed from the business.

Anyone with information on the incident has been asked to come forward.

The Quinn businesses once employed 7,000 people on both sides of the border, but earlier this year Mr Quinn, his son Sean Quinn Jr and nephew Peter Darragh Quinn were found in contempt of court for hiding millions of Euros in assets from the former Anglo Irish Bank.

Sean Quinn, who is 66 years old, was jailed for nine weeks in Dublin's High Court.

Workers at Quinn Group factories in Northern Ireland and the Republic staged a one-day walk out on Monday in support of their former boss.

Protesters used tractors and other agricultural vehicles to block the entrances of the cement and glass plants in the Derrylin and Ballyconnell areas of Co Fermanagh and Co Cavan.

They want immediate mediation between the former Anglo Irish Bank and the Quinn family over the long running debt row which resulted in the imprisonment of the fallen tycoon - and are also demanding his release of Quinn, while the talks take place.

© UTV News
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4 Comments
t.j in omagh wrote (769 days ago):
i believe mr quinn is a very greedy man, he took a massive gamble and he has lost! the sooner these people who are behind these attacks realise this the better as this will not help their campaign to free him.
doirecormac in dderry wrote (770 days ago):
There attacks are obviously being carried out by those who support the Quinns. I have an idea, shut down the whole lot of their businesses. Then these supporters may learn some respect. That'll teach them to behave in the future.
norman.d in bangor wrote (770 days ago):
all these people are doing is hurting their own area and its people cannot understand why they support this man who cost the country billions because of his greed for money the more you have the more you want
Mags in Enniskillen wrote (770 days ago):
The people doing all this destruction should be locked up too. They are affecting what jobs are left within the Quinn Group. It easy seeing that they no longer work for Quinn Group and it's not their livelyhoods that they are affecting. This is ridiculus...stop for the sake of the people who do still have jobs.
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