Ireland horrified by brutal mafia-style abduction

Posted by Ed 8 mths ago
A certain genius enabled Seán Quinn to make his name in the Irish borderlands. A farmer’s son who left school at 14, he turned a region of dark hedgerows and stony farms, poverty and emigration, into a thriving industrial hub.

He started by selling gravel from the family farm and expanded, creating one company after another. Quinn Cement, Quinn Glass, Quinn Energy, Quinn Manufacturing, Quinn Thermos, Quinn Packaging, Quinn Rooftiles, Quinn Building Products, Quinn Innovation Academy, the name so ubiquitous that some signs simply said Q.

The empire straddled the border between County Fermanagh, in Northern Ireland, and County Cavan, in the Republic of Ireland. Despite disruption during the Troubles, it created thousands of jobs and a £3bn fortune that made Quinn the 177th richest person in the world.
Then he made a disastrous bet on a toxic bank and in 2011 he lost control of his companies. He was declared bankrupt. A vertiginous rise and fall, but not the end of the Quinn story.

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Ed 8 mths ago
Businessman abducted and assaulted in 'horrific attack' near Irish border
Kevin Lunney runs firms formerly owned by Seán Quinn, who racked up €2bn debt in gamble on Anglo Irish Bank

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