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Quinn Group: Sean Quinn condemns Aventas bus attack

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Media captionThe bus was set on fire at the entrance of a premises formerly owned by Séan Quinn

Bankrupt businessman Séan Quinn has condemned the latest attack on property belonging to the new owners of his former business empire.

A bus was set on fire at the entrance to three of its businesses in Rakeelan, Ballyconnell, in County Cavan.

Irish police said no damage was caused to the property and no-one was injured.

"I condemn these unlawful acts and that any persons carrying out such acts are not acting in my name," said Mr Quinn.

It is the latest in a series of attacks on properties formerly owned by the Quinn family whose wide range of businesses collapsed in 2011.

The company, re-branded the Aventas group, said the ongoing campaign to disrupt and sabotage the business would not lead to the reinstatement of the former owner.

Last month, a fuel tanker was set on fire after being driven into the former headquarters of the Quinn Group in County Fermanagh.

Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh/South Tyrone, Michelle Gildernew, said such attacks would "severely impact" on jobs.

"They need to stop. There is no justification for them whatsoever," she said.

"The only thing this type of action is going to achieve is that sooner or later someone will be injured or worse."

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