Quiet man Quinlan sipped champagne to celebrate buying London hotels – but deal would come back to haunt him
Published 12/07/2014 | 02:30
Little did he realise he would be dragged into the limelight
It was a moment in time – 2004 to be precise, when horny-handed Irish builders were acting like oil-rich Arabs and buying up tracts of landmark London from Bond Street to Mayfair.
Then Derek Quinlan, the former taxman with a Shrewsbury Road mansion and art collection, a cut above the former blocklayers who were leading the Irish invasion, pulled off the most spectacular property deal of them all.