Garda made inquiries into ventures linked to Seán Quinn in the past year

Garda made inquiries into ventures linked to Seán Quinn in the past year

The Garda has made inquiries over the past year into ventures linked to the former billionaire Seán Quinn in the period since he emerged from bankruptcy, according to sources.

Mr Quinn (75) told The Irish Times that he is not aware of any Garda inquiry into any of the ventures he got involved with since he emerged from bankruptcy in January 2015 .

“I am not aware of any investigation into anything I set up,” Mr Quinn said. “I am not aware of anything.”

However, sources with knowledge of some of these businesses have said they are aware of inquiries made by An Garda Síochána in respect of their funding.

In one instance it is known that Garda officers visited the premises of the business and examined books and records, while in another instance the inquiry involved interviews with parties in a venture in which Mr Quinn had taken an interest.

The sources said they did not know of any information that might have been of particular interest to a Garda investigation.

Liquidators

It is also understood that the Garda inquiries have included the examination of material in the possession of the liquidators of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC), the State-owned entity that seized a large international property portfolio that was formerly owned by the adult children of Mr Quinn.

During a lengthy international court battle between the IBRC and the persons and entities that had control of these properties, a large amount of rent, amounting to tens of millions of euro, went missing.

While the family of Mr Quinn said they had engaged the services of others to help put the assets beyond the reach of the IBRC, they said they had been double-crossed and had lost control of the assets and the rental income.

However, the IBRC told the courts it did not accept the family’s account as to what had happened.

Eventually the dispute between the family and the IBRC was settled by way of an agreement that involved the family agreeing to do what it could to help the IBRC assert its rights over the portfolio.

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