Sean Quinn won't flee Republic to avoid prison: daughter
The daughter of embattled businessman Sean Quinn has moved to quash speculation that her father is planning to flee from the Republic to his native Northern Ireland to avoid jail.
There has been speculation that Mr Quinn — once Ireland’s richest man — intends to follow in the footsteps of his fugitive nephew and cross the border north.
Peter Darragh Quinn has been living in Fermanagh since July to avoid going to jail for contempt of court. He cannot be extradited to the Republic as the matter is a civil one, not criminal.
The claims were fuelled after bankrupt tycoon Quinn snr failed to visit his son, also Sean, in Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison at the weekend.
Sean jnr is serving a three-month sentence for contempt.
Quinn snr also stayed away from his son’s appeal against his imprisonment in the Supreme Court in Dublin last week.
However, daughter Aoife Quinn said: “I don’t know where that speculation is coming from. He will absolutely not leave this jurisdiction.”
Commenting on her father’s lack of visibility in recent days, she added: “Sean (jnr) didn’t have a scheduled visit. He wasn’t allowed a visit. And daddy doesn’t turn up to cases that don’t relate to him.”
Quinn snr is due back in court in the Republic on October 19 and his daughter has insisted he will be there.
More details of the family’s lavish lifestyle have also emerged after it came to light that one of the Quinn Group subsidiaries funded daughter Ciara’s €100k (£81k) wedding cake.
The 10-tier cake was flown over from New York, along with its creator Sylvia Weinstock and a team of assistants. When assembled for the 2007 wedding, it towered six feet tall.
Back then, the Quinn empire was valued at €4.6bn (£3.7bn) — a far cry from today with the family claiming they don’t have enough money to pay their legal bills.
The Quinns have been in the spotlight after their assets were seized by the then Anglo Irish Bank. Sean snr, Sean jnr and Peter Quinn have since been accused of putting millions of pounds worth of assets beyond the reach of the bank, which was bailed out by Irish taxpayers.