Quinn jnr car charges dropped


FIVE ROAD traffic charges against Seán Quinn jnr have been struck out at the Dublin District Court. Quinn, who is in Mountjoy Prison having been found in contempt of court by the High Court in a civil case involving the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC), was brought from the jail yesterday for the brief hearing.

At about midday he was brought from the holding cell underneath court 46 beside the Bridewell Garda station to appear before Judge John O’Connor. The charges against him included failing to produce a driving licence when stopped on Conyngham Road, Dublin, on April 21st, 2011.

Quinn was also charged with failing to produce insurance, for driving without a licence, failing to produce a licence within 10 days and failing to produce an insurance certificate within 10 days.

Garda David Cullen said Quinn had now produced his driving licence and insurance certificate. The charges for driving without insurance and without a licence were struck out.

Solicitor Richard Young, for Quinn, told Judge O’Connor that the incidents had occurred at about the time Quinn’s firms were placed in receivership and that, in the circumstances, Quinn failed to produce the documents within 10 days. Judge O’Connor then struck out the remaining charges.

After the brief hearing, Quinn was returned to the holding cell, and at 12.30pm he was driven in a prison van back to Mountjoy.

IBRC, which now includes the former Anglo Irish Bank, brought a contempt case against Quinn jnr, his father Seán Quinn, and his cousin, Peter Darragh Quinn, earlier this year as part of a dispute over debts owed to Anglo and an associated international property portfolio.

Anglo Irish Bank seized the Quinn Group in April last year following the non-repayment of more than €2 billion owed to the bank.