Businessman Kevin Lunney, who was kidnapped and tortured before being left on the side of a road two years ago, has said the attack on him was the culmination of a campaign of intimidation against Quinn Industrial Holdings.

A statement was read out on Mr Lunney's behalf at the sentencing of three men at the Special Criminal Court today.

The court found 40-year-old Alan O'Brien, of Shelmalier Road, East Wall in Dublin, 27-year-old Darren Redmond, from Caledon Road in East Wall, and a third man - known as YZ - guilty of false imprisonment and intentionally causing harm to Mr Lunney in Co Cavan on 17 September 2019.

In the victim impact statement, Mr Lunney said he does not know why the three men did what they did to him, he does not know them and they do not know him.

He said he was "saddened at a human level" that they had ruined their lives and their families by their actions, but "the journey to full accountability is not complete".

Mr Lunney said the campaign against the business was intensely difficult and caused much fear in the wider community.

He said he and his colleagues feel the personal toll as they tried to protect jobs, but the march by his co-workers immediately after the attack was "affirming" and he is "forever grateful" for that.

Mr Lunney said the physical scars and mental trauma will remain with him and his family for the rest of their lives, and every day he thinks of the effect it has had on his wife, children and family.

They, he said, have been his "rock and refuge" and "what they had to endure is greater torment".

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He said they had put aside the "immediate terror" but they "need to find continuing strength and solace ... and pray we can remain resilient".

Read the statement in full here

Defence counsel for YZ, Michael O'Higgins, told the court that the history of Quinn Industrial Holdings was well known.

It was a very big employer on both sides of border, the family ran into difficulties because of a situation with Anglo Irish Bank, they incurred very substantial liabilities and along with other issues arising from the global financial crash, the family lost control of the company.

Some local people took sides, Mr O'Higgins said, and there were "ongoing events" but this was "of a different order". It seemed to be involved in removing people legitimately in place in the company, he said, and that was the intention behind the attack.

Mr O'Higgins also referred to "following the money" and who might "benefit from this crime". It would not have benefitted YZ. "He was not going to be part of the company," said Mr O'Higgins.

The senior counsel referred to an analysis of culpability and "a pyramid tier". There were "people at the top, they would have got the benefit had it succeeded, people below them hired to execute the plan" who were "a level below" and then those "to do dirty work, the muscle. That would be YZ," he said.

YZ has 180 previous convictions including one for impeding the apprehension and prosecution of a person in a murder.

Alan O'Brien has 40 previous convictions, his first at 14 years of age, including an attack on an elderly man in Tallaght in Dublin during which £12,000 was stolen.

His defence counsel Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha told the court that the pattern of his offending is linked with alcohol and drug abuse, but that the father of three pleaded not guilty to the offences in this case and does not accept the verdict of the court.

The third man, Darren Redmond, lives with his parents and Detective Superintendent James O'Leary told the court that he like the other two had "no appreciable employment history".

He has two previous convictions and recently lost his older brother in tragic circumstances after he found him dead in bed following a heart attack.

Defence counsel Michael Bowman said that Redmond was not "actively on the garda radar", had not previously shown a previous propensity for violence of this sort, and it seems clear he was "at the lower end for the commission of the offence".

All three men will be sentenced on 20 December.