Aventas: “These scandalous attacks orchestrated by a small group of criminals and their equally criminal sponsors…”

As the BBC reports,

Lagan Cement Group has suffered damage of more than 1m euros (£820,000) in three separate attacks.

The attacks followed the announcement that Lagan was buying, subject to approval, Rooftiles in County Fermanagh from the Aventas Group.

The arson attacks at Lisburn, County Antrim, Comber, County Down, and Carrigtwohill, County Cork, are reported to have occurred since the Feb 4 announcement of the sale of Rooftiles, which is based in Derrylin, to the Lagan Group.

The Aventas Group statement is included in the BBC report

Aventas linked the “scandalous attacks” to similar attacks on their property.

In a statement the company said: “These scandalous attacks orchestrated by a small group of criminals and their equally criminal sponsors are directly connected to similar attacks on Aventas property over a lengthy period of time.

“These criminals seem to think that a continuation of such activity will somehow intimidate the current owners of these businesses into reinstating the former owner, which is very much misjudged.” [added emphasis]

Aventas is the new name for the former Quinn group of companies, which collapsed in 2011.

An Irish News report today has the statement from the Lagan Group

In a statement the company said it “wishes to highlight and publicly condemn the outrageous attacks”, adding that there was “no justification for acts of wanton vandalism against the company.”

“We believe these attacks are related to Lagan Cement Group Limited’s recent announcement to acquire the Quinn Rooftiles business in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, thereby safeguarding employment for workers employed at the plant.”

The BBC report adds

Lagan Cement condemned the “outrageous attacks” and said: “As an indigenous Irish company, Lagan is committed to providing long-term, quality employment for workers at all its localities.”

“There is no justification for acts of wanton vandalism against the company and these will not be tolerated.”

The company said it was co-operating with police in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The attacks on premises formerly owned by the Quinn Group have continued since the appointment of a share receiver and the removal of Seán Quinn as chairman in April 2011, including this recent attack in Derrylin.

During that time there have been demonstrations and statements of support for Seán Quinn, some more short-lived than others

But, with the Quinn family featuring in the witness box of another, related, court case, a timely reminder of some facts about the Quinn bankruptcy – “Sean Quinn didn’t invest in Anglo Irish Bank, he bet on it“.