Saturday 17 March 2018

Sean Quinn appeals to on-the-run nephew to give himself up

Peter Darragh Quinn: on the run since last Friday
Peter Darragh Quinn: on the run since last Friday
Sean Quinn senior was in court to see his son and nephew jailed

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

BANKRUPT businessman Sean Quinn yesterday appealed to his on-the-run nephew to give himself up.

Peter Darragh Quinn has been missing since Friday when he was sentenced to three months in jail for contempt of court.

But last night, Sean Quinn Snr, whose son Sean Jnr is serving his three-month term at Dublin's Mountjoy Prison, urged his nephew to "face the music".

Mr Quinn said he had not spoken to his nephew since he went missing before last Friday's hearing when a judge ruled that Sean Jnr and Peter Darragh be jailed for three months for breaking court orders not to interfere with the family's €500m-strong international property portfolio.

Mr Quinn yesterday told the Irish Independent he understood his nephew's decision not to attend court.

"We have been left in an impossible situation," said Mr Quinn, whose nephew is the son of his brother, former GAA president Peter Quinn.

"It has always been the Quinn family strategy to face up to our responsibilities and my brother's family is no different."

Mr Quinn added: "Technically speaking, we could be in jail for the next 30 years."

Peter Darragh Quinn, the former head of the Quinn family's International Property Group, did not attend court and a bench warrant has been issued for his arrest and committal to prison.

Mr Quinn Snr has been kept out of jail, for now, to help Anglo, now known as the IBRC, to reverse the scheme.

The IBRC claims Mr Quinn Snr is the mastermind of a €500m asset-stripping scheme and is best placed to direct its undoing.

The Fermanagh-born businessman, once Ireland's richest man, said that it was always the intention of all three men to purge their contempt.

But they have argued in court that matters have moved beyond their control.


Last week, the bank wrote to Sean Quinn Snr, Sean Quinn Jnr and Peter Darragh Quinn offering to lift court injunctions banning them from interfering with their international property portfolio if they agreed to transfer the assets back.

It also emerged in court that Peter Darragh Quinn wanted to meet with Anglo's lawyers to give his version of events.

Mr Quinn said that Peter Darragh Quinn felt that he was left in "an impossible situation" because Anglo did not meet with him.

"He feels that Anglo does not want this sorted out," Mr Quinn told the Irish Independent.

But the bank refused to meet until certain disclosures were made.

Today, Mr Quinn's daughters and two of his sons-in-law will be back in court to discover whether €2,000 a month in court-sanctioned expenses will be enough to meet their outgoings.

Irish Independent

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