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Renewal of hostilities as Sean Quinn’s children enter the fray

Legal threat issued in letter if shares aren't transferred to adult children is the latest twist in fractious dispute, writes Maeve Sheehan

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The Quinn children, Aoife, Brenda, Ciara, Colette (partially hidden) and Sean Jr at the Four Courts. Photo: Collins Courts

The Quinn children, Aoife, Brenda, Ciara, Colette (partially hidden) and Sean Jr at the Four Courts. Photo: Collins Courts

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QIH directors Kevin Lunney, Liam McCaffrey and Dara O’Reilly

QIH directors Kevin Lunney, Liam McCaffrey and Dara O’Reilly

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The Quinn children, Aoife, Brenda, Ciara, Colette (partially hidden) and Sean Jr at the Four Courts. Photo: Collins Courts

Last Monday, letters landed at Quinn Industrial Holdings in Magherafelt addressed to the six Irishmen steering the remains of Sean Quinn's old empire.

The letters were a bolt out of the blue, but there was nothing in them that the businessmen had not already heard before. The contents essentially amounted to another demand to give Sean Quinn his businesses back.

The difference this time was that they were sent by Sean Quinn's bankruptcy solicitor on behalf of his son and four daughters: Sean Jr, Brenda, Aoife, Colette and Ciara. After years of their father doing the running, Sean Quinn's children had properly entered the fray in his long and fractious battle to win back his lost empire