Monday 19 August 2019

Mother of Patrick Quirke told 'Liveline' in 2005 that he took the rights to the family home

Patrick Quirke. Photo: Collins Courts
Patrick Quirke. Photo: Collins Courts

THE mother of convicted murder Patrick Quirke told how her son took the rights to the family home away from her following her husband’s death.

Eileen was married to Patrick Quirke Senior (known as PJ) for almost 40 years. She thought she would own the family home until she died, but it ended up in her son Patrick’s name after the death of her husband.

In 2005 she rang Joe Duffy’s ‘Liveline’ programme on RTÉ Radio One to describe how she felt hard done-by in this deal.

Patrick Quirke (50) was this week convicted of the murder of the part-time DJ Bobby Ryan, known as ‘Mr Moonlight’, following a marathon 15-week trial.

Joe Duffy today returned to the interview with his mother Eileen broadcast in February of 2005. Eileen she said that when her husband died after decades of marriage, she expected to continue to own the house.

She told Joe Duffy that when she raised her grievances over the house “he said no way, just no way and I mean if you have money Joe you can pursue it.

“I didn’t have money, I couldn’t keep going to solicitors, so what can you do?”

She said her other children were “devastated” at this turn of events.

“No more than myself, we never thought anything would happen like that. But they’re all educated and they’ve all got good jobs”.

She was asked about her means to pay for care if she ever needed to go into a nursing home.

“He did say that if you end up in a nursing home, mam I’ll let the house and that money can go towards paying for you.

“That was fair enough I suppose (but) if I had pursued it within the due time, I would probably have got the house, I was told.”

She agreed that this was “absolutely” the house she had contributed so much to, and it wasn’t a gift. She agreed she had put 40 years of her lift in it.

“So my advice to anybody would be please, get your own legal advice and make sure you know what you’re signing up to.”

According to Liveline, the deal was done over the kitchen table.

She acknowledged that “the solicitor did say, ‘do you want to get your own solicitor?’ and my husband replied ‘we are dealing with our own, it’ll be alright’…

“I said nothing, really I don’t know… looking back at it…”

Joe Duffy said that Eileen had contacted ‘Liveline’ several times since about various issues.

He said that he wanted to clarify that matters had since improved in terms of the row over the house. He added that it was now an extremely difficult time for members of the Quirke family as well as the family of the victim Bobby Ryan.

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