One was jailed for contempt of court, one fled the Irish judicial system on the eve of sentencing and the other still awaits the final decision of the Irish High Court. But despite all this the local community with it’s heart in Derrylin and Ballyconnell, extending out to Leitrim and further afield continue to stand by the Quinn family and give them support.
Internet sites published comments and blogs of support, radio airwaves carried the voices of support and statements documented the kind sentiment still felt towards Ireland’s most newsworthy family since last Friday.
Members of the Quinn Action Group from the local Ballinamore area were due to appear on a special Vincent Brown programme on TV3 last Monday night voicing their support for the Quinn family and calling for justice to be served, but the pre-recorded programme was cancelled at the last minute.
Patricia Gilheaney from the same group spoke on the Joe Duffy Radio One Show on Monday afternoon, outlining the importance of the Quinn Family locally and the injustice that has been served on them.
Teemore Shamrocks GFC from Fermanagh issued a statement this week expressing their “distress and annoyance at the jail sentences issued to fellow GAA members, Sean Quinn Jnr and Peter Quinn Jnr, and the position imposed on Sean Quinn Snr, by the Irish Courts.” They said Sean Quinn created “thousands of jobs in our locality; helping to sustain our community and allowing our youth to prosper without having to move overseas far from their loved ones.
“We cannot express enough gratitude to the Quinn family for what they have done for our community over the years, and we wish to express our continued support to all members of the Quinn family at this time and in the future.
“We feel the Quinn Family have been dealt an injustice from the day their businesses were placed in receivership.”
Sean Quinn Jnr was jailed for three months in the High Court on July 20 for contempt of court. Peter Darragh Quinn was given the same sentence but could not be found on the morning of the court.
The authorities in the Republic are powerless to force the return of Peter Darragh Quinn to the State to serve the sentence imposed on him. If he was to reside at an address at his native home in Co Fermanagh, he would have to volunteer himself to the courts to serve the jail time as the civil sentence has no jurisdiction in Northern Ireland.
Seán Quinn was also convicted of contempt of court but was not sentenced to prison in an effort to see what measures he takes to recover the missing assets.
He stated afterwards, “The family have taken steps to fight back, and I fully endorsed their actions. They are standing up to the bank that took everything from them. This is what you do with bullies and is what I have always done.”