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Quinn's sister slams reports of €100,000 wedding cake

Louise Hogan

Published 12/10/2012 | 05:00

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Ciara Quinn's wedding cake
Ciara Quinn and Niall McPartland on their wedding day
An exclusive Sunday Independent report last week revealed a Quinn Group subsidiary paid New York baker Sylvia Weinstock the massive sum

A SISTER of bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn has denied €100,000 was splurged on a wedding cake -- but failed to reveal the exact amount spent.

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It was reported €100,000 was spent on a cake baked by octogenarian New York baker Sylvia Weinstock for the wedding of the former head of the Quinn Group's daughter Ciara in 2007.

The tiered cake was baked in New York, packed into 20 boxes and flown to Ireland. It was then assembled into a six-foot lavish tiered creation surrounded by edible flowers. The cost of the wedding was charged to a subsidiary of the Quinn Group.

"The wedding cake did not cost €100,000. I can't put an exact figure on it but I know for certain it did not cost €100,000.

"Now that piece of information was leaked by Anglo (Irish Bank) through the Quinn Group in Derrylin (Co Fermanagh). Why was it leaked? It was obviously leaked to blacken the Quinns in some way. To make people think they were greedy and selfish," Bernie Maguire said.

"That happened in 2007. In 2007 we all probably spent a little more than we should have done and a little more than we would be spending now and if I had a daughter getting married in 2007 she would probably have gotten a more lavish wedding than she would if she was getting married now. I think we all fell into the trap," Mrs Maguire, who was speaking on an RTE 'Prime Time' programme last night, said.

She claimed Anglo failed to "leak" that the Alzheimers Society of Ireland gained by "tens of thousands" from that wedding.

"That was charity given to them, why was that not leaked?" she said.

Meanwhile, Mr Quinn's daughter Colette refused to comment on the contempt of court proceedings.

Her father Mr Quinn, her brother Sean Quinn Jnr and Mr Quinn's nephew Peter Darragh Quinn have all been found guilty of contempt of court orders made restraining the stripping of assets.

Mr Quinn Jnr has been detained at Mountjoy Training Unit. Peter Darragh Quinn did not attend the July 20 hearing and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He has been spotted at GAA matches north of the border.

Supporters of the family are due to hold a rally in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, on Sunday.

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