Thousands support Quinn at rally

Published Sunday, 14 October 2012
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Thousands of people have turned out for a rally in Co Cavan in support of financially troubled businessman Sean Quinn.

Thousands support Quinn at rally
Sean Quinn and his wife Patricia walk down Ballyconnell main street (© Pacemaker)

The march, which started at 4pm in Ballyconnell, was organised by a group known as the Concerned Irish Citizens.

Co Fermanagh born Quinn, who declared himself bankrupt last year, walked through the town flanked by his wife and children.

Senior figures from the GAA also turned out in support of Mr Quinn, including Tyrone boss Mickey Harte.

The 'Justice for the Quinn family' rally aims to highlight their support in the Fermanagh and Cavan area.

"Concerned Irish Citizens is growing in popularity and is expanding at an incredible rate and is now fast becoming a force to be reckoned with. Injustice, bullying, intimidation and downright corruption can only prevail if enough good people do nothing," explained a spokesperson.

"It is very clear to us that there are more than enough good people who are not prepared to facilitate further harassment and corruption such as that being dished out to the Quinn family and many others."

It is the second rally in Ballyconnell for the ex-billionaire. In July the 65-year-old told crowds "an untrue story is being told".

The Quinn businesses once employed 7,000 people on both sides of the border, but earlier this year Mr Quinn, his son Sean Quinn Jr and nephew Peter Darragh Quinn were found in contempt of court for hiding millions of Euros in assets from the former Anglo Irish Bank.

Quinn Jr was jailed and a warrant issued for Peter Darragh Quinn, but he went on the run and has not yet been caught. Mr Quinn was spared prison in order to purge the contempt and unravel the moves that carved up €500 million (£391 million) of the family's international property empire.

© UTV News
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9 Comments
Ds in Dublin wrote (555 days ago):
Looking at this just proves that the irish are the laughing stock of europe, what a bunch of fools. The Quinns have broken the law and need to be dealt with. The reason that we have to pay an 2% on our insurance is because of Seanie getting greedy
Jamesbelfast in Belfast wrote (557 days ago):
As Abraham Lincoln said. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
sarah-1 in Here wrote (557 days ago):
@ryan - omagh Obviously over 7,000 people care. Stupid comment
sammy in comber wrote (557 days ago):
This man has broken the law and needs to be delt with properly if that means jail it means jail. just because he provided jobs doesnt mean he can do what he wants
Ryan in Belfast wrote (557 days ago):
I fully support the Quinn Family.
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