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Sean Quinn supporters warn of 'unrest'

By Derbahail McDonald

Published 01/11/2012

A campaign group set up to support Sean Quinn and his family have warned of potential “civil unrest” if he goes to jail or falls ill as a result of ongoing legal battles.

The warning by Concerned Irish Citizens (CIC) comes as the High Court in Dublin rules today if the 66-year-old, who has had two heart ops, should be sent to jail for breaking court orders.

“There is civil unrest, but we don't want it exploding in the wrong way,” said Patricia Gilheany, secretary of CIC, which says it condemns any acts of violence and vandalism.

Ms Gilheany said: “Many have also commented that if Sean Quinn or any of his family drop dead from the sheer pressure and stress that they are being subjected to on a daily basis, there will be very serious consequences for their perpetrators and for those who facilitated this horror,” said Ms Gilheany.

The IBRC (formerly Anglo) has a visible security detail surrounding key bank personnel during court appearances but it does not comment on such matters.

Medical reports are likely to feature strongly in any plea of mitigation should Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne direct that Mr Quinn be sent to jail.

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