Tycoons: In rude health

A decade and a half ago, Seán Quinn was the toast of Irish business. This interview, however, captures him at a moment when the first storm clouds were just beginning to appear

1st October, 2017
Seán Quinn outside his Slieve Russell Hotel in Co Cavan: ‘I intend to live poor and die rich’

If it wasn’t for the enormous office complex that surrounds him, you would find it hard to fathom the fact that this reserved, soft-spoken man was responsible for building a business group valued at £300 million and creating 2,200 jobs in the struggling Cavan-Fermanagh border region.

Speaking in the Cavan headquarters of Quinn Direct, one of Ireland’s youngest insurance companies, Seán Quinn exudes a quiet confidence in his achievements. He owns the country’s second...

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