Friday 15 December 2017

Claims Quinns being 'illegally forced out' of former company

Laura Noonan

ANGLO Irish Bank and the administrators running Quinn Insurance have been systematically "de-Quinning" their businesses by forcing out five members of Sean Quinn's immediate family, a family spokesman claimed last night.

The comments came as the family revealed that three of Sean Quinn's children have left the company in acrimonious circumstances while his daughter and nephew have parted ways with firms in the wider Quinn Group.

The departures from Quinn Insurance are Sean Quinn Jnr, a senior executive who headed its commercial business in the UK, and his sisters Ciara and Brenda Quinn.

All three are now suing Quinn Insurance, with Sean Jnr claiming he was unfairly forced to accept redundancy, Brenda claiming "victimisation" and Ciara claiming she was unlawfully sacked while on maternity leave.

Sean Quinn's fourth daughter Colette has parted company with the Quinn Group after being "asked to resign from various positions" while she was on maternity leave, the Quinns claimed last night.

The Irish Independent has also learned that Sean Quinn's nephew, Peter Quinn, a senior figure in the international property division, has been removed from the Quinn Group.

Sean Quinn's youngest daughter Aoife remains an employee at Quinn Insurance, as do his two son-in-laws Stephen Kelly and Niall McPartland.

"The 'de-Quinning' is not isolated to Quinn Insurance and is now evident throughout the group," the Quinns said in a statement last night. "The Quinn family believe these actions are intimidatory, unfair, illegal and an abuse of power."

A spokeswoman for Quinn Insurance last night declined to comment on the news, which follows April's announcement that the insurer was being sold to Anglo Irish Bank and US player Liberty Mutual. It is understood that the company intends to defend the claim.

Sources close to Anglo stressed the bank had "no involvement whatsoever" in any of the departures since it was not involved in the day-to-day running of Quinn companies.

Quinn Group's share receiver Kieran Wallace, who looks after Anglo's Quinn interests, could not be reached for comment.

Brenda Quinn has already begun her victimisation case in the High Court, while cases against Ciara's dismissal and Sean Jnr's compulsory redundancy will begin "imminently".

Last night's statement said Colette was still on maternity leave after the birth of her first child in February and found it "very upsetting and distressing" to be asked to step down from various Quinn group positions last week.

"Colette has been an integral part of the Hotel and Hospitality division of the Quinn Group for many years," the Quinns added. The circumstances surrounding Peter Quinn's departure are unclear.

Irish Independent

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