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Quinn Group protesters to meet new chief executive of company

Supporters of Co Fermanagh tycoon Sean Quinn will this week meet the new chief executive of the firm he founded - and was then ousted from.

The Cavan Fermanagh Leitrim Community Action Group yesterday met Anglo Irish Bank chairman Alan Dukes at Leinster House in Dublin.

Padraig Donohoe and five other members of the organisation called for Sean Quinn to be reinstated as director of the Quinn Group, or for the middle management team to take a leading role in the running of the company.

The group has held a series of protests at the Quinn Group headquarters after Anglo, which says it is owed around £2bn by the Quinn family, appointed administrators KPMG to run the Quinn family's share of the business.

They are now to meet new Quinn Group chief executive Paul O'Brien on Friday.

Mr Donohoe said yesterday's meeting was 'exploratory' and hoped more could be achieved over the coming weeks. "We didn't come back with many answers but we're to meet with Paul O'Brien on Friday and we hope that will be more helpful," he said.

"The removal of Sean Quinn by Anglo has left nobody with any experience of the company in charge. None of the new management team are from within 100 miles of the firm's headquarters.

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"We would like to see the middle management team elevated to a more powerful status."