Friday 17 January 2020

Taoiseach: Quinn jailing sends out a message

Michael Brennan - Deputy Political Editor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has warned that people have to co-operate fully with the courts in the wake of the jailing of bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn.

The former head of the Quinn Group got a nine week sentence for contempt of court for putting foreign property assets beyond the reach of Anglo Irish Bank, now known as IBRC.

Mr Kenny said that the decision of the High Court spoke for itself.

"Let me repeat again that it's absolutely necessary where court inquiries are taking place about banking issues that people would always and should always co-operate fully in that regard," he said.

But when asked if he was personally sympathetic with Mr Quinn for getting a jail sentence, Mr Kenny brought up the 2pc insurance levy imposed on all home, motor and commerical insurance policies to pay for the Quinn Insurance bailout.

"There's no doubt the Quinn family created obviously a great deal of jobs over the years. But you have to bear in mind as well that for instance, the consequences of the insurance levy will hit every driver for the next two decades," he said.

He was speaking after the conclusion of the North-South Ministerial Council in Armagh, which was attended by First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness as well as ministers from the Irish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive.

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