Sean junior 'optimistic' about appeal

Published: 27 Sep 2012 13:000 comments

THE son of former Fermanagh businessman Sean Quinn will appeal his jail sentence at the Supreme Court in Dublin next week.

Sean Quinn Jnr inside the training unit of Mountjoy prison.

Sean Quinn Jnr inside the training unit of Mountjoy prison.

Sean Quinn Junior who was jailed for failing to unwind a complex scheme to strip assets from the Quinn family's international property group is said to be "quietly confident" about appealing the contempt of court charges.

Father Gerry Comiskey who visited Mr Quinn in Mountjoy Prison for the seventh time last week says the 33-yearold is "optimistic" about overturning the court ruling.

"He is very much aware that no-one can pre-empt the decision of a judge or three supreme court judges but he is optimistic.

He amazes me in the sense that while he is so confined and imprisoned

he can remain so strong."

However, the family priest has noticed a change in Sean Quinn Senior's behaviour in recent months. The one-time billionaire was also found guilty of contempt of court, along with his son and nephew, Peter Darragh Quinn -- who has avoided jail by remaining in the north -- but was spared imprisonment in the hope he would take steps to assist the former Anglo Irish Bank in recovering multi-million euro assets. He finds out on October 19 if he will join his son in jail and is said to be apprehensive.

"He is often very pensive and naturally very worried. He is very confident about the big case [the Quinns v Anglo] but on the contempt of court proceedings he is fearful of what might happen.

He is showing much more emotion now than I would have experienced over the years. In Ballyconnell [at the pro-Quinn rally] we saw tears in his eyes and I have seen tears in his eyes on several occasions since," he said.

Fr. Comiskey says the situation is "taking its toll" on the family.

"It is a very harrowing time for them and a terrible experience for them to see their only son and brother in prison.

They are a very close family and there is no question of them avoiding the reality of what could happen."

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