In a joint statement on Friday, Sinn Féin Cavan Monaghan T.D. Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew roundly rejected the series of attacks directed at former Quinn Group premises and on the property of the Lagan Group of companies who have an expressed interest in acquiring the former Quinn Tile business.
The Sinn Féin border constituency representatives state that these actions, if carried out by people with an allegiance to the former owner/management team, are counterproductive and misguided in the extreme.
"That no one has been hurt or worse as a result of last night's attack on Quinn Packaging in Ballyconnell is the only positive in this latest act of blind vandalism. If those responsible have carried out this and previous attacks out of some sense of allegiance or loyalty to Seán Quinn and the former management of the Quinn Group, then they are misguided in the extreme. Their actions are wholly counterproductive and have only the potential of contributing to a loss of confidence in and goodwill towards these production plants and most importantly, the area of West Cavan and South Fermanagh where they are located.
"We appeal to those responsible and to anyone who has any influence on them, to bring these attacks to an end.
"There will be no gain from these actions. There is only the real risk of innocent workers being hurt or a life or lives being lost and ultimately, jobs lost to these border counties.
"While we have no personal brief for Seán Quinn or for the former management, it has always been our view that great credit is due to Mr. Quinn for all the work opportunities he created in a long neglected area of our home counties and country. He deserves that acknowledgement, as does the former management who are, by and large, indigenous and clearly committed to the area, for their contribution to the success of the Quinn Group over the years. We have no hesitation in wishing the former management team well in any bid to resecure control over the Quinn Group of companies. “There would be a popular welcome in these counties for such a development.
"However, that can and should only be achieved by the strength of any bid made.
"It is time for the madness to stop and for real business heads to lead the way" stated Michelle Gildernew MP and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin T.D.