Saturday 25 November 2017

Baby joy for Quinns sparks court delay

Sean Quinn
Sean Quinn

Tim Healy

The birth of a baby boy to Sean Quinn Junior and his wife yesterday may delay the scheduled opening next month of the family's action aimed at avoiding liability for €2.34bn loans.

Due to the birth of the child, their second boy, there has been a short delay in the family deciding whether to bring an appeal in relation to a certain aspect of their case, the High Court heard.

The case is against Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) and its special liquidator Kieran Wallace.

The birth of the baby was disclosed at a hearing to make final directions for the loans liability case brought by Mrs Patricia Quinn and her five adult children which is listed to open on June 3.

The court had adjourned briefly to allow the sides take instructions relating to a possible appeal by the Quinns against Mr Justice Robert Haughton's decision last week refusing to allow them amend their claim to state they were innocent parties to the disputed transactions.

When the court resumed, the judge was told by Bernard Dunleavy SC, for the Quinns, a "most unusual situation" had arisen.

Sean Junior's wife Karen had just given birth to a child, Mr Quinn was in the labour ward and lawyers were unable to get instructions from him, he said.

The judge granted counsel's request to adjourn the matter today. The family's case is expected to last more than six months.

Irish Independent

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