The former millionaire founder and CEO of the mighty Quinn empire, Sean Quinn told the Commercial Court in Dublin on Monday that he was “a simple farmer’s son.”
Sean Quinn appeared before the Commercial Court on Monday, February 27 seeking permission to defend claims by Anglo Irish Bank that he has liability for some or all of w2.34 billion in loans made to various Quinn companies.
The application follows the Quinn family’s success last week in winning their right to challenge their liability for the same loans to Anglo Irish Bank on the grounds that the bank issued the loans to prop up its own share price.
The significant ruling for the family could see Patricia Quinn and her five adult children avoid liability for the loans if they can prove their claims against Anglo.
This week Sean Quinn also sought to defend himself from the liability of the loans. Mr Justice Peter Kelly said an interesting legal issue arose over whether Mr Quinn could join his family in the case.
Quinn told Mr Justice Peter Kelly he was “a simple farmer’s son” who didn’t need much time to argue his entitlement to be represented in his family’s case against Anglo.
The judge fixed Mr Quinn’s application for hearing on March 15 and directed the relevant legal documents be served at his address in Co Cavan.
When Mr Quinn said he was “not big into emails”, the judge directed the documents could be served by ordinary post.