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Quinn: "What happened over the last two years shouldn't have happened"

In an interview with a Fermanagh newspaper Sean Quinn vowed to restore his family’s reputation – and said that he has received thousands of letters of support from well-wishers.

Sean Quinn in a rare interview with RTE in 2009
Sean Quinn in a rare interview with RTE in 2009
Image: TheQuinnGroup via YouTube

BUSINESSMAN SEAN QUINN has vowed to rebuild his family’s reputation – and undo some of the “injustices” he feels have been done to the family.

The one-time richest man in Ireland, who filed for bankruptcy two weeks ago, told a Fermanagh newspaper that he is determined to fight on, despite the fact that he has been “kicked around”.

The 65-year-old told The Impartial Reporter: “I feel what happened to the family and the area over the last two years shouldn’t have happened”.

We were a very successful company and feel very hard done by.

Quinn says he still feels a sense of responsibility for his former employees, “even though I am gone from the business six or seven months”.

In the rare interview, Quinn said he believes that the “majority of people in Ireland” feel that he “messed up in recent years in relation to Anglo Irish Bank, and I understand that”.

Quinn told reporter Rodney Edwards that he has received thousands of letters of support from well-wishers.

Earlier this year, Anglo Irish Bank – now known as the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation – took control of Quinn’s business empire, including the Quinn Group, Quinn Insurance, and Quinn Direct, after he was unable to repay €2.8 billion in loans he took out with the bank.

Read more: Quinn ordered to repay €417m of Anglo debt >

Read more: Sean Quinn files for bankruptcy in Belfast High Court >

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