Tuesday 30 August 2016

Sean Quinn’s daughter: Anglo is ‘my greatest enemy of all time’

Tim Healy

Published 08/11/2012 | 17:41

Ciara Quinn
Ciara Quinn

A DAUGHTER of jailed bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn has described the former Anglo Irish Bank as "my greatest enemy of all time".

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Ciara Quinn made the comment today in a court when opposing orders requiring some members of her family to hand over their personal email account passwords and other information to a receiver.

Photographs of her three children had even been sought as part of the information request, she told the Commercial Court.

Ms Quinn and other members of her family strongly opposed receiver Declan Taite's application for their passwords and financial information dating back two years on grounds including the rights to privacy of themselves and those they are in communication with.

Mr Quinn's son-in-law, Niall McPartland, said it was legally and morally wrong to allow accountants and lawyers access to personal communications and photos.

The family were also concerned information could be passed to the bank which could assist its defence of the family's action alleging loans of €2.34bn were made unlawfully by Anglo, now the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) to Quinn companies, he said.

Michael Collins SC, for Mr Taite, said the orders were a necessary part of efforts to trace the movement of assets in the Quinn family's international property group (IPG) and his side undertook privileged and irrelevant material would not be used.

Barry O'Donnell, for the bank, undertook not to examine personal information and that any material obtained would be used only for the proceedings aimed at recovering assets in the IPG and not disclosed to others without leave of the court.

Ciara Quinn said that six days after receivers took over her bank accounts last September, details of those accounts were published in the Sunday Business Post.

"Only the receivers could have done that and I take their undertaking with a pinch of salt," she said. "I have absolutely no belief in any undertaking by Anglo Irish Bank through their agents or receivers."

As a mother of three small children, it "has to be wrong" to be required to provide photos of them and other personal and family information to "my greatest enemy of all time."

Stephen Kelly, a son in law of Mr Quinn, said within days of information concerning him being given to the receiver, he was contacted by a journalist about it.

Both Mr Collins and Mr O'Donnell said they wished to put on record neither the receiver nor the bank were involved in any leaking of information concerning the Quinns to the media.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said he required time to address the issues raised and will rule on the matter tomorrow.

IRBC last July secured orders appointing Mr Taite receiver over the personal assets of the Quinn children and three of their spouses - Stephen Kelly, Niall McPartland and Karen Woods - following allegations of a conspiracy to put assets beyond the bank's reach.

Mr Taite later applied for orders requiring the Quinns hand over all books and records concerning their financial assets, including their personal email passwords.

The defendants then sought orders discharging the receiver and his solicitors, Arthur Cox, on grounds including alleged conflict of interest but Mr Justice Kelly refused that application last week.

Today, Mr Collins urged the judge to make the orders requiring disclosure of the material. The matter was urgent amid concerns about movements of assets across the world and must be seen in light of past conduct of the Quinns, counsel said.

Mr Collins noted the Quinn defendants' concerns about material being passed to IBRC but said they misunderstood the role of the receiver. A protocol which would address concerns about privileged information had been proposed, counsel said.

Mr McPartland said the bid for access to personal email accounts was "extraordinary" and the Quinns were entitled to protect "whatever bit of privacy we have left". Aoife Quinn, Ciara Quinn and Stephen Kelly voiced similar concerns.

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