Tuesday 15 October 2019

Quinn's daughter settles dismissal claim against firm

Details of agreement are kept secret

Kevin Keane and Breda Heffernan

THE daughter of former billionaire Sean Quinn spoke of her "delight" and "relief" after she settled a claim for constructive dismissal against the company founded by her father.

Brenda Quinn (25), the youngest of the five Quinn children, smiled as she left an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) hearing, after a deal was agreed between her lawyers and those of Quinn Insurance.

No details of the agreement were disclosed during the brief hearing, which was a continuation of a case that began last December.

Ms Quinn claimed she had been bullied and intimated, that her caseload as a claims handler had been cut back and that she had files taken from her following the arrival of administrators, who were appointed to the company in March 2010.

Quinn Insurance denied the claims and was due to put its case to the tribunal yesterday.

However, following two hours of talks, barrister for Ms Quinn, Niamh McGowan, told the hearing that the matter had been resolved and her client was withdrawing her claim.

'TROUBLING CASE'

The chairman of the tribunal, Joe Revington, said the out-of-court settlement had the advantage of allowing "a lot of people to get on with their lives" following what had been a "particularly troubling case".

Ms Quinn left the building soon afterwards, flanked by her brother-in-law, solicitor Niall McPartland. She told the Irish Independent she was "relieved it's over" and "delighted it's finished with" before adding that she could not comment any further as she was bound by the terms of the agreement.

Mr McPartland said Ms Quinn was "very happy with the terms of the agreement".

Mr McPartland's wife, Ciara Quinn, is the subject of legal action taken by the Slieve Russell Hotel Property Ltd, in a row over the bill for her lavish 2007 wedding and other expenses believed to run to hundreds of thousands of euro. The hotel, which was part of the Quinn empire but is now controlled by IBRC, is seeking costs associated with Ms Quinn's wedding to Mr McPartland.

Brenda Quinn once owned the Slieve Russell after it was given to her by her father.

Earlier this month, her brother, Sean Quinn Jnr, opened his own case before an EAT, in which he claimed he was unfairly selected for redundancy from his €75,000-a-year job as head of Quinn Insurance's UK commercial business. The company is contesting the case.

Irish Independent

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