Ronald Quinlan: Sean can run but he can't hide from debt
Threat of prison still very much hangs over Quinn, his son Sean Jr and his nephew Peter, writes Ronald Quinlan
JUDGING by his choice of footwear, bankrupt tycoon Sean Quinn certainly looks like he could run. When it comes to the matter of hiding, though, well that's a different matter altogether.
It was just after 6.30pm last Friday evening when the Sunday Independent caught up with Ireland's former richest man and his wife, Patricia, at Farmleigh Woods, the exclusive development where their son, Sean Jr, is still proud owner of a luxurious apartment and handsome townhouse, notwithstanding the determined efforts of the former Anglo Irish Bank to recover €2.8bn the Quinn family owes the Irish taxpayer.
Having just avoided being sent that afternoon by Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne for an open-ended stretch in Mountjoy Prison for contempt of court, it was little wonder that the Fermanagh-born businessman gave me the thumbs up as he broke into a canter and made for the leather-upholstered refuge of his Mercedes S600. Mr Quinn's wife strode barefoot whilst clutching her low-heeled shoes to the car's front passenger seat.