Quinn 'unaware of nephew's location'29/07/2012 - 15:08:14
Bankrupt billionaire Sean Quinn has insisted he does not know the whereabouts of his on-the-run nephew, who has been pictured in his native Fermanagh.
Peter Darragh Quinn was photographed with his father, former Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) president Peter Quinn, at a match on Friday - one week after a judge in Dublin ordered his arrest and imprisonment.
His cousin Sean Quinn junior remains in Mountjoy's Training Unit, where he is serving a three-month sentence for contempt of court.
Quinn Snr, 65, claimed he has no idea where Peter is despite speaking to his father several times this week.
"I got as big a shock when PD wasn't in court," said Quinn, who said there had been no fallout when they signed legal papers ahead of the court hearing.
He told 'This Week' on RTÉ Radio: "Peter was absolutely convinced that no matter what he done, Anglo were not going to agree to it. And he wanted desperately to purge his contempt.
"He got a wee bit scared... PD just said to himself there's no answer to this, this is not going anywhere."
The three Quinn men were found guilty of contempt of court for hiding millions of euros of assets from the former Anglo Irish Bank.
Quinn senior, once Ireland's richest man, was an industry, insurance and property tycoon whose doomed gambles on Anglo shares lumbered the family with a €2.8bn debt and a jailed son.
The pensioner was spared prison to give him time to purge the contempt and unravel the moves that carved up €500m of the family's international property empire.
But gardaí cannot execute a warrant for Peter if he is outside the Republic of Ireland and in the North.
Supporters of the family are staging a demonstration to show their solidarity with the Quinn family tonight.
GAA personalities Mickey Harte, Sean Boylan and Colm O'Rourke are expected to address the crowds during the rally at the former Quinn packaging plant in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan.
Quinn Senior said the easiest thing in the world he could have done was packed all the family in to an aeroplane and gone away, but he vowed to stay around because he was not a quitter.
He said he feels bad for his jailed son, who he described as an innocent victim of his share deals, and maintained he has a onus to build up a business again for his family after destroying their wealth.
"I feel that I built up something that made them all multi-millionaires, and then all of a sudden I made this one mistake, spent a pile of money on Anglo, we all know what happened," added Quinn.
"Then all of a sudden I leave the kids with no money, no jobs, no reputation, hunted by the media, hunted by surveillance companies.
"It's just absolutely horrendous what they are going through."