Mannok companies seek High Court injunction preventing Sean Quinn from trespassing on Cavan quarry

Two companies are seeking a High Court injunction to stop former billionaire and Quinn Group founder Sean Quinn from trespassing on a quarry in Co Cavan.

The action has been brought by Mannok Cement Limited and Mannok Build Ltd who allege that Mr Quinn is encroaching on the companies owned quarry in Swanlinbar.

Mannok, whose director, Kevin Lunney, was kidnapped and seriously assaulted, was previously part of the Quinn Group companies.

The Mannok companies claim that, on several occasions since the end of 2019, Quinn has invaded their land.

The most recent break-in, it is claimed, occurred on May 8 when he was seen driving around his grounds, in his Mercedes Benz E-class, including at Swanlinbar Quarry.

In court documents, the firms say the lands are active industrial sites, where heavy machinery is operated, and Mr. Quinn’s alleged presence poses a significant health and safety risk.

Only authorized persons may be present on the site, it is stated.

Mr. Quinn has no right or interest in the lands, and has no defense against the claims against him, the firms allege.

They say they are not entirely sure what the purpose of Mr. Quinn’s alleged infractions is.

They believe their actions amount to “a misguided form of defiant aggression” directed at company management.

The plaintiffs state that their attorneys wrote to Mr. Quinn to request that he stop trespassing on the land.

The two companies are subsidiaries of Mannok Holdings DAC, formerly Quinn Industrial Holdings DAC/Quinn Group/Aventas Group. They are part of the Mannok group, which specializes in the sale and supply of construction products and packaging solutions.

Company directors fear that unless the court restrains him, Mr. Quinn will continue to invade locations where it is claimed he will pose a health and safety risk.

Mr Quinn is alleged to have also trespassed on land owned by companies in Northern Ireland. In 2021, Mr Quinn took a pledge in Belfast court not to encroach on land at Doon in Co Fermanagh.

Mannok Companies CEO Liam McCaffrey said in an affidavit that he and his management team have been the subject of “a long-standing and well-publicized campaign of intimidation, violence and serious threats.”

McCaffrey said that while Quinn had “repeatedly condemned the violence against the management team,” the defendant had said in a newspaper interview in 2021 that he wanted Mannock’s directors fired and that he (Quinn) would do whatever he wanted. could for his power “to get those guys out.”

On Wednesday, the two firms, represented by Andrew Fitzpatrick SC, obtained permission from Judge Siobhan Stack to give Mr Quinn short notice of the injunction proceedings at his home in Greaghrahan, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan.

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