News

Mannok didn't want to 'inflame tensions any further' by partaking in Quinn documentary

Dec 2, 2022 17:12 By News Northern Sound
Mannok didn't want to 'inflame tensions any further' by partaking in Quinn documentary Mannok didn't want to 'inflame tensions any further' by partaking in Quinn documentary
Share this article

'We live in an environment where tensions were poked, stoked and raised to the point that we were attacked and had cars burned at our homes'

John McCartin, board member of Mannok - the new name for the former Quinn Group - says there was nothing new to him in the Quinn Country documentary that aired on RTE this week.

Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show this morning, Mr McCartin - a victim of the campaign of intimidation that was highlighted in the documentary himself - said that what was highlighted in the series was something he had "lived through, seen through or heard before".

He told Northern Sound that he finds it remarkable, the level of interest in the story; the amount of emotion around it; and how "exercised" the people of this region are still - about the entire subject. Mr McCartin said that Mannok did not participate in the documentary because it didn't have anything to add to Sean Quinn's story.

Advertisement

He pointed out that given the environment in which board members live - one where tensions were poked, stoked and raised to the point that they were attacked, had cars burned at their homes, and what happened to Kevin Lunney, they had no appetite to "inflame tensions any further".

As to whether the documentary was fair in its assertions, Mr McCartin said that was up to the audience to determine. "I don't want to get into whether it was or wasn't a fair account.
Treavor interviewed people and they said it as they saw it. So, everybody had their own view, everybody had their bit to say.

"Everybody took the view I thought they would take; everybody said what I thought they would say. I will congratulate Treavor though for one thing - he made an enthralling piece of television and he did get from people what they thought," added Mr McCartin.

Share this article
Advertisement
Advertisement

NorthernSound Newsletter

Sign up now to keep up to date with the latest news.

Processing your request...

You are subscribed now! please check your email to confirm your subscription.