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Sean Quinn eats Christmas lunch with family in Co Cavan

Published 26/12/2012 | 05:00

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BANKRUPT businessman Sean Quinn was collected by his son on Christmas Eve from Mountjoy prison, and driven away to spend the holiday with his family in the homestead in Cavan.

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The bankrupt biollionaire allowed himself the hint of a smile as he was collected from Mountjoy Prison by his son Sean Jnr to spend the Christmas period with his family on temporary release.

They drove off in an Audi A5 coupe worth about €50,000 and are understood to have headed straight for the family home in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan.

The bankrupt businessman left the prison's training unit under cover of darkness on Christmas Eve and was whisked away by his son Sean Quinn Jnr, who also did jail time this year.

The 66-year-old may yet get to attend the christening of his granddaughter Orna while on three days' temporary release.

The ceremony is believed to have been postponed at least twice as both he and his son served prison time.

In the run-up to his temporary release, his daughter Ciara told Mountjoy governor Ned Whelan that the birth of her daughter was "the only good in my life over the past 19 months".

In a letter she said that not having her father at the christening "will leave a large void in the ceremony and a dark cloud over the entire day".

Mr Quinn's temporary release follows an impassioned plea on behalf of his wife Patricia, who could not bear to be separated from her husband at Christmas.

The country's former richest man is serving nine weeks for contempt, amid allegations of a scheme that put the family's €500m property empire beyond the reach of the former Anglo Irish Bank.

Prisoners held for contempt can only be released by the courts but Quinn's legal team provided legal submissions to the Attorney General, Maire Whelan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

But the clock is ticking on Mr Quinn's time with the family. He must be back in prison tomorrow and is due for full release in January.

? SEAN Quinn enjoyed Christmas lunch with his family after being let out of jail for the festive period.

The bankrupt businessman left the prison’s training unit under cover of darkness on Christmas Eve and was whisked away by his son Sean Quinn Jnr, who also did jail time this year.

They drove off in an Audi A5 coupe worth about €50,000 and are understood to have headed straight for the family home in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan.

The 66-year-old may yet get to attend the christening of his granddaughter Orna while on three days’ temporary release.

The ceremony is believed to have been postponed at least twice as both he and his son served prison time.

In the run-up to his temporary release, his daughter Ciara told Mountjoy governor Ned Whelan that the birth of her daughter was “the only good in my life over the past 19 months”.

In a letter she said that not having her father at the christening “will leave a large void in the ceremony and a dark cloud over the entire day”.

Mr Quinn’s temporary release follows an impassioned plea on behalf of his wife Patricia, who could not bear to be

separated from her husband at Christmas.

The country’s former richest man is serving nine weeks for contempt, amid allegations of a scheme that put the family's €500m property empire beyond the reach of the former Anglo Irish Bank.

Prisoners held for contempt can only be released by the courts but Quinn's legal team provided legal submissions to the Attorney General, Maire Whelan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

But the clock is ticking on Mr Quinn’s time with the family. He must be back in prison tomorrow and is due for full release in January.

Irish Independent

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