From Cavan to Kiev, the story of Seán Quinn that will not be forgotten


Seán Quinn’s story is remarkable in almost every way. Born into a poor farming family on the Cavan-Fermanagh border, he turned away from farming and began to exploit it.

Quinn mined rocks, but he could just as easily have mined gold, and for four decades his fortune grew to become a multibillionaire and one of the richest men in the world.

Less than 15 years ago, he had assets estimated at nearly 5 billion euros with a real estate portfolio spread throughout the world. Then he took an incredibly risky punt on Anglo Irish Bank at exactly the wrong time. He almost lost everything.

What followed was one of the most extraordinary court battles ever seen in Ireland, involving hearings in that country and across the world as the liquidators followed a complex money trail from Cavan to Europe from l ‘East and India.

Quinn and her son were jailed for contempt of court and a dark cloud hung over the family and their financial relationships. Rallies were held in support of Seán Quinn.

Then the world has mainly evolved.

It wasn’t until a member of the extended family Quinn got in touch with Google seeking to have stories and photos removed from the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner and the Irish News from the search engine that the spotlight has returned to the Quinn family. .

Colm Keena has been covering history for The Irish Times for over a decade and he told In The News about a story with almost as many twists and turns as any road in Cavan.

In The News is presented by Conor Pope and Sorcha Pollak.



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