Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Quinn Insurance workers to protest in Enniskillen

Quinn Group workers said they were confident the insurance wing would reopen

Hundreds of workers at Quinn Insurance will take to the streets of Enniskillen this evening amid fresh hope that the company will resume trading in the UK tomorrow.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and the area’s MP Michelle Gildernew are expected to join hundreds of people at The Diamond to call for the ban on UK business to the lifted, imposed at the same time Quinn Insurance was put into administration in the Republic.

The firm, founded by Fermanagh tycoon Sean Quinn, is due before the High Court in Dublin on Monday to fight the financial regulator’s move to place Quinn Insurance Ltd in administration.

But workers claim that the ban on UK business is being reviewed amid growing pressure, high-level meetings and rallies.

Two marches were held in Dublin and Cavan on Tuesday, while Cavan Chamber of Commerce also held a protest in the town last night. Tonight’s rally will get under way at The Diamond in Enniskillen around 5.45pm, and is expected to attract widespread support.

Caroline Donnelly, an employee with Quinn Insurance who is helping to organise the rally, said there would be a devastating impact if the trading ban is not lifted.

“That (UK trading) is a huge proportion of our business,” she said. “We will lose jobs if we don’t get that back.

“The rally is calling for that ban to be lifted because if it isn’t, and jobs are lost, it is going to have a massive knock-on effect in the area.

“We are getting a lot of backing within the community and are asking everyone to come out and support the workers.”

Mrs Foster, who is also an MLA for the area, met with employees yesterday and is to speak with Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan.

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