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Anglo is my enemy says Quinn's girl

A DAUGHTER of jailed bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn has described the former Anglo Irish Bank as her greatest enemy.

Ciara Quinn made the comment yesterday in a court when opposing orders requiring some members of her family to hand over their personal email account passwords and other information to a receiver.

Photographs of her three children had even been sought as part of the information request, she told the Commercial Court.

Ms Quinn and other members of her family strongly opposed receiver Declan Taite's application for their passwords and financial information dating back two years on grounds including the rights to privacy of themselves and those they are in communication with.



Concerned

Mr Quinn's son-in-law, Niall McPartland, said it was legally and morally wrong to allow accountants and lawyers access to personal communications and photos.

The family were also concerned information could be passed to the bank which could assist its defence of the family's action alleging loans of €2.34bn were made unlawfully by Anglo, now the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) to Quinn companies, he said.

Michael Collins, for Mr Taite, said the orders were a necessary part of efforts to trace the movement of assets in the Quinn family's international property group (IPG) and his side undertook privileged and irrelevant material would not be used.

Barry O'Donnell, for the bank, undertook not to examine personal information and said any material obtained would be used only for the proceedings aimed at recovering assets in the IPG and not disclosed to others without leave of the court. Ciara Quinn said that six days after receivers took over her bank accounts last September, details of those accounts were published in the Sunday Business Post.

"Only the receivers could have done that and I take their undertaking with a pinch of salt," she said. "I have absolutely no belief in any undertaking by Anglo Irish Bank through their agents or receivers."



Photos

As a mother of three small children, it "has to be wrong" to be required to provide photos of them and other personal and family information to "my greatest enemy of all time".

Stephen Kelly, a son-in-law of Mr Quinn, said within days of information concerning him being given to the receiver, he was contacted by a journalist about it.

Both Mr Collins and Mr O'Donnell said they wished to put on record neither the receiver nor the bank were involved in any leaking of information concerning the Quinns to the media.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said will rule on the matter today.

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