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Quinn rally organisers tried to get Sam

AN effort to display the Sam Maguire Cup at the latest rally in support of the Quinn family was blocked.

Organisers had hoped to have the trophy on stage during the demonstration, but they were turned down.

The news comes as the jailed son of bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn is set to leave prison tomorrow.

Even though the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the 33-year-old's conviction for contempt of court, the jail term will expire tomorrow so he is to be released.

The Supreme Court said the High Court was entitled to jail Quinn Jnr for three months for the contempt offence.

While he may walk free from Mountjoy Prison, he could still face another term in jail if IBRC, formerly Anglo Irish Bank, makes a fresh application.

In the High Court tomorrow, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne is expected to review developments in the case.

Last July, Judge Dunne also found Quinn Snr and his nephew Peter Darragh Quinn in contempt over a $500,000 (€381,000) payment to a Quinn employee in Ukraine.

Judge Dunne did not jail Quinn Snr at that stage so he could take steps to reverse the asset-stripping measures.

Mr Quinn Jnr was allowed to leave prison yesterday to attend court and was accompanied by his wife, Karen Woods, and other family members.

On Sunday, some 6,000 people gathered in Sean Quinn Snr's home town of Ballyconnell for the rally in support of the family.

GAA figures Mickey Harte and Donegal selector Rory Gallagher spoke at the event, which was organised by the Concerned Irish Citizens group. Sam is not available for non-GAA events like the Quinn rally.

comurphy@herald.ie


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