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Bankrupt Quinn condemns 'unacceptable' attacks against his former business empire

By Staff Reporter

Published 22/04/2016

Statement: Sean Quinn
Statement: Sean Quinn

Former billionaire Sean Quinn has issued a statement condemning the spate of attacks and threats against his former business interests in Co Fermanagh and Co Cavan.

"The abusive and threatening signs that have been illegally erected in recent days by third parties on property owned by Quinn Industrial Holdings Limited are offensive and unacceptable," he said.

"They are in nobody's interests and are certainly not in the interests of me and my family.

"While I appreciate that the local community is very hurt, I believe that the comments on the signs in question are totally unacceptable, and I note that they have now thankfully been removed."

Mr Quinn's intervention follows a lengthy campaign waged by unknown activists against his former holdings, which he lost when he squandered his fortune in a gamble on Anglo Irish Bank and was declared bankrupt.

The campaign against Mr Quinn's former business interests has ranged from blocked roads and threatening signs appearing on property owned by his former manufacturing business to bullets being sent in the post to contractors working on his former windfarms.

The former tycoon said he had always been against such activity. "My family's view on this type of negative activity is well known," he added. "We have repeatedly made our view clear within the local community over the past number of years, and once more, I, on behalf of the Quinn family, condemn any such intimidation."

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