Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

The Quinn wife, the part-time garage job and the £250,000 wages paid by Russian firms

The wife of jailed Sean Quinn jnr is working as a receptionist — despite receiving €320,000 (£250,600) after tax in wages from three Russian firms since April of last year.

Karen Woods, who wed Sean Jnr in a glitzy ceremony earlier this year, is a part-time employee with a car dealership in Dublin.

The dealership is currently advertising for a full-time receptionist, with an annual salary of €21,000 (£16,445).

Her husband is in jail after breaking court orders not to interfere with the Quinn family's €500m (£392m) international property portfolio.

On Wednesday, the High Court in Dublin granted a temporary injunction freezing Ms Woods' assets and preventing her from moving Quinn assets.

And yesterday, she was working in Joe Duffy Motors in north Dublin, where she has been employed since 2010.

When asked to explain her employment status with the dealership and with the three Russian firms linked to Quinn, she said: “I work in Joe Duffy part-time — it's important to remember that.” She declined to comment further.

It is understood that she started working as a ‘sales executive’ with the firm in 2010, but has cut back on her hours and now works as a part-time receptionist.

When contacted yesterday, company director Dermot Fallon said that it was not the company policy to comment on its employees.

On Tuesday, the Irish High Court heard that Ms Woods was one of eight members of the extended Quinn family who received €2.8m (£2.19m) in purported salaries from three Russian companies after the Quinn Group was placed under the control of the former Anglo Irish Bank.

Ms Woods received €320,927 (£251,322) in after-tax salaries.

Anglo, now known as the IBRC, has said that it is “not aware of any work done” by Ms Woods to justify the payments.

Her husband, Sean Quinn jnr, received almost €400,000 (£313,245). His sisters Aoife, Colette and Ciara Quinn each received over €300,000 (£234,933).

And Peter Darragh Quinn — currently on the run after being given a three-month sentence for contempt — was given €474,974 (£371,958).

All of the payments were received between April of last year, when the Quinn Group was |placed into receivership by the IBRC, and an unknown date this year.

Ms Woods married Sean Quinn jnr (33), in May, with a reception at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Powerscourt in Wicklow.

Last weekend, Ms Woods visited her husband at the training unit in Mountjoy, after he was jailed for “outrageous” contempt of court orders to stop him |putting the multi-million euro property assets beyond the reach of IBRC.

Yesterday the Supreme Court in Dublin decided that it will hear his appeal against his three-month sentence in October.

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