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Sean Quinn: jail scary but I won’t back out of it

By Amanda Poole

Bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn has admitted in a radio interview that he is scared by the prospect of prison — but would not shy away from it.

The former billionaire from Co Fermanagh told Irish radio station Shannonside his family had been made scapegoats by Anglo Irish Bank.

Mr Quinn’s son, Sean Jnr, has been jailed in the Republic for contempt of court, after breaching an order not to put €500m (£391m) of overseas property assets beyond the reach of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation.

His nephew, Peter Darragh Quinn, described by the 65-year-old as having “a desperate fear of prison” failed to appear for sentencing and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Sean Quinn said: “If you’ve been running a business for 38 years, you’re approaching your 66th birthday, you’ve never owed a man a penny or done anyone any grievance, and you try to protect yourself and your family, but go to prison, well if that’s the society we’re in, I’m happy to accept that.

“Am I afraid of it? Yes I am. Will I back off it? I won’t.”

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