Friday 15 December 2017

Sean Quinn in tears as daughter Ciara tells rally: 'We will win this war'

Fallen tycoon Sean Quinn burst into tears at a public rally in his honour – just days before he faces jail on contempt charges
Fallen tycoon Sean Quinn burst into tears at a public rally in his honour – just days before he faces jail on contempt charges
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.
Crowds at the rally in support of the Quinns yesterday.

Greg Harkin

THE Quinn family has issued a "declaration of war" on Anglo Irish Bank and will win that war, a daughter of fallen tycoon Sean Quinn has said.

Addressing a crowd of more than 7,000 supporters in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, Ciara Quinn said her family was confident of winning its case against the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation.

Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte, Donegal's assistant manager Rory Gallagher as well as business people from north and south were among the speakers at the event organised just days before Mr Quinn could be jailed for contempt of court.

They heard Ciara Quinn claim that the companies once owned by her and her family were being run down, with jobs losses going unreported.

"It is heartbreaking for me and my family to watch the destruction of our companies," she said, as her father nodded in agreement.

"We were a very private, hard-working family who never courted media attention but our lives have been torn apart as has our life's work.

"Anglo is now spending millions of euro of taxpayers' money on a PR campaign against us."

But Ciara Quinn insisted the family would fight Anglo in the courts and would win. "Some day our war with Anglo with be over, and make no mistake about it for this is a war.

Cheers

"We will not go quietly into the night, we will go back to work, we will be back in business, we will create jobs again and we will succeed," she added.

Mickey Harte, in a reference to media coverage of his appearance at the last Quinn rally, said he had travelled to last night's event for two reasons. "One of those was to prove to myself that I'm not delusional," he said to loud cheers. "I've come here of my own free will because the Quinn family deserve our support."

All-Ireland winning coach Mr Gallagher told the crowd he is a close friend of Sean Quinn Jnr, having played gaelic football with him, adding: "The Quinn family are honest people, they are ordinary people and they are loyal people."

Mr Quinn's brother Peter Quinn launched a venomous attack on the media, calling them "bastards" in a speech listing the family's grievances against Anglo and the State.

Irish Independent

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