It’s believed the main suspect in the Kevin Lunney case had been arrested and questioned in relation to an attempted ATM raid in Kerry in 2010.
54-year-old Cyril McGuinness, who was a suspect in the abduction of the Quinn Industrial Holdings director, died during a search at his home in the UK yesterday.
Radio Kerry understands he was the mastermind behind a botched ATM raid in Castleisland in 2010.
On the 13th November, 2010, a digger was used to remove an ATM from the wall of AIB bank on Main Street, Castleisland.
The ATM held over €230,000 at the time.
However, two men were forced to abandon the raid after gardaí arrived on the scene at approximately 5am.
The men, who were pursued and arrested about ten miles outside the town, received six-year prison sentences for their part.
A third man – understood to have been Cyril McGuinness – was arrested in Listowel and questioned.
However, he was not charged in relation to the ATM robbery attempt.
McGuinness is believed to have been the head of the gang which abducted and tortured Kevin Lunney in September of this year.
Yesterday, he took ill and died while UK police were conducting a raid on his home in Derbyshire.