A CAMPAIGN group set up to support Sean Quinn and his family have warned of potential “civil unrest” if he goes to jail or falls ill as a result of ongoing legal battles.
The warning by Concerned Irish Citizens (CIC) comes as the High Court rules later today whether the 66-year-old, who has had two heart operations, should be sent to jail for breaking court orders.
“There is civil unrest, but we don’t want it exploding in the wrong way,” said Patricia Gilheany, secretary of CIC which says it condemns any acts of violence and vandalism.
Ms Gilheany said CIC has received reports from many people concerned about the “confirmed signs of trauma, exhaustion and heartbreak” experienced by Mr Quinn and his wife Patricia at a recent rally in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan.
“Many have also commented that if Sean Quinn or any of his family drop dead from the sheer pressure and stress that they are being subjected to on a daily basis, there will be very serious consequences for their perpetrators and for those who facilitated this horror,” said Ms Gilheany.
The IBRC (formerly Anglo) has a visible security detail surrounding key bank personnel during court appearances but it does not comment on such matters. Last year, a new chief executive appointed to the Quinn Group had his family car completely destroyed by an arson attack at his home in Co Meath.
Paul O’Brien‘s BMW was completely ruined in the attack, which also caused damage to the front of his home.
CIC said that it has been flooded with calls from people who are “deeply frustrated and outraged” by events surrounding the IBRC whose executives were grilled yesterday by an Oireachtas committee.
Today’s court hearing centres on orders not to interfere with the family’s €500m-strong international property group.
Earlier this month new lawyers retained by Sean Quinn Snr told the High Court that he wants to purge his contempt, and is willing to co-operate with the former Anglo Irish Bank.
Medical reports are likely to feature strongly in any plea of mitigation should Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne direct that Mr Quinn be sent to jail. His son Sean Quinn Jnr served a three-month sentence at Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison for contempt of court.
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For all that, Quinn clan throws at Anglo bear in mind Sean Quinn worshiped at the high alter of Anglo. He owned 28% of it via CFDs. The demise of Quinn relates to his failure to unwind a 28% block of Anglo shares held in the inherently unstable CFD method. Quinn was never more than a straw man. The point is not that this man got himself into this mess due to his own arrogance and ignorance. The crux of the problem for many is that they unethically sought to stash this collateral away in a most cynical manner; resulting in the Irish taxpayers having to pick up the tab for their sins. This is simply indefensible. It was a shame yesterday to see approx 6000 people exploited by the Gombeen rhetoric of Quinn and his supporters.
Speaking to RTÉ Radio One’s This Week programme, spokesperson Adrian McCaffrey said the monetary promises have come from “successful business people” and “high net worth individuals” living both north and south of the border.
He added that no money has been collected yet as Concerned Irish Business’ was just looking for pledges at the moment.
“We haven’t solicited any of the pledges. We’ve talked to people and believe we have a seven figure sum,” he said. When pressed, he confirmed that the amount was “up around that scale” of €2 million.
He said the group was looking at legal and governance structures for ways the pledges can be turned into money and utilised to help the Quinn family.
The names of any potential donators have not been revealed but McCaffrey confirmed none were members of the family itself. Recent rallies held in Ballyconnell in Cavan have been attended by high profile personalities, including Tyrone manager Mickey Harte, former Meath manager Seán Boylan, player Colm O’Rourke and well-known priest Fr Brian D’Arcy.
Another ‘Rally for Justice’ is scheduled for 14 October.
The campaign was ramped up after the jailing of Seán Quinn Junior last July and the stepping down of the family’s legal team.
“The Quinn family bank account has been frozen and the stepping down of the legal team…initiated actions by different people to come forward and offer their assistance,” explained McCaffrey.
Ireland’s one-time richest man and his family are currently representing themselves across various legal battles with IBRC, the former Anglo Irish Bank.
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Quick explanation for ya.
* Quinns took out about €500m in mortgages from Anglo to buy property around the world. This is seperate to buying shares in the bank.
* Anglo has to be bailed out by taxpayer. It becomes IBRC. IBRC needs to get as much of the money leant by Anglo as possible to repay the taxpayer.
* Quinns cease making repayments and try to hide the above mortaged properties from IBRC.
* It all goes to court, judge tells Quinns to stop trying to hide these assets/mortgaged propreties.
* The quinns don’t do this therefore they are in contempt. Therefore its off to the big house for 3 months.
* Trial will resume later. Then they are properly fvcked.
All the above means the Quinns have tried to steal €500m worth of assets from their rightful owner -the Irish taxpayer. Sean Quinn has publicly admitted this.
This is more money than anyone else has stolen or even attempted to steal in the hitory of the state. I’d quite like to have those assets returned, cash being a bit short at the minute.
Again, all this is seperate from the buying of shares by Sean Quinn in Anglo.