Strong support for Quinn family

The campaign to support Sean Quinn and to seek “natural justice” for him and his family will continue locally following the success of the huge protest in Ballyconnell last Sunday, July 29.

The campaign to support Sean Quinn and to seek “natural justice” for him and his family will continue locally following the success of the huge protest in Ballyconnell last Sunday, July 29.

A defiant crowd of over 4,000 people turned out on the streets of Ballyconnell, Co Cavan last Sunday night to show their unwavering support to Sean Quinn and his family.

The protesters who marched against the “injustice” being handed down on the Quinn family were made up of Quinn Group employees, local businesses, families and members of local GAA clubs in Cavan, Fermanagh and Leitrim.

The event grabbed national attention with speakers including Tyrone football boss Mickey Harte, Meath legend Colm O’Rourke, Former Meath Manager Sean Boylan, All-Ireland winning Armagh boss Joe Kernan, Armagh former County player Jarlaith Burns and Fr Brian D’Arcy.

Mick O’Dwyer and Michael O’Leary also sent messages of support.

Former GAA president Sean Kelly also praised the people of Ballyconnell for coming out in support of the Quinns when he spoke this week.

Sean Quinn, who attended with his wife Patricia and daughters gave an emotional speech, and received huge applause and cheers from the demonstrators.

The unexpected demonstration was organised in just three days by the Concerned Irish Citizens (CIC) group through Facebook, text messages, emails, posters and word of mouth.

The two main organisers Maureen Martin (Chairperson) and Patricia Gilheaney (Secretary) both from Ballinamore met with members of the group last Wednesday following the airing of the Vincent Browne Tonight programme on Sean Quinn, which both ladies appeared on.

Chairperson Maureen Martin said the protest was held to keep momentum of the Quinn story up after the Vincent Browne programme and to show the national media the massive support Sean Quinn and his family have in the border area. Local people want “real justice” to be served, she said.

Despite the outrage, and confusion the large rally of support has caused nationally, Maureen stated “We are not putting him (Sean Quinn) on a pedestal,” but they feel the courts have put the “cart before the horse.”

There has been much criticism of the big GAA names who gave their support to the Quinn campaign since last Sunday.

When asked about the criticism published against the support for three men found to be in contempt of court, Maureen said “Dublin and the rest of the country are not listening to the facts.”

The Concerned Irish Citizens Group are expected to meet this week to discuss future events and ideas for the campaign. Mrs Martin said there are plenty of good ideas being put forward, she did not rule out another protest demonstration.