Kevin Lunney abduction: Three arrested by Irish police
Irish police have arrested three people over the abduction and torture of Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) director Kevin Lunney.
Two men, one in his 20s and another in his 40s, and a woman in her 50s are in custody after searches were carried out in counties Cavan, Longford and Dublin.
The men can be questioned for up to seven days before being charged or released, the woman for three days.
Mr Lunney was kidnapped and attacked on 17 September.
He was dumped on a road in County Cavan, in the Republic of Ireland, 22 miles (35km) from where he was abducted.
Mr Lunney, a father of six, had his leg broken, was slashed with a knife and doused with bleach in a two-and-a-half hour ordeal.
The 50-year-old had the letters QIH cut into his chest with a knife and told the BBC’s Spotlight last week that he feared he would never see his wife and children again.
A suspect in the investigation into Mr Lunney’s attack died on last Friday during a police raid in England.
Cyril McGuinness, 54, is thought to have suffered a heart attack as police searched his Derbyshire home.
That search was part of a joint police operation across the UK and Ireland in which almost 20 properties were raided.
Sources have indicated that none of the three arrested in the latest operation is regarded as being one of the main players in the kidnapping and torture.
The PSNI said it would “continue to work closely” with the Garda Síochána (Irish police) and Derbyshire Constabulary to try to “bring the perpetrators to justice”.