Former billionaire Sean Quinn says his children are the victims of his 'stupidity'
Blames himself but mostly blames others for spectacular fall from grace
'Enda Kenny, when he was leader of the opposition, put it to (former Prime Minister) Brian Cowen in February 2009 in the Irish parliament that these loans were illegal and were in breach of section 60. He knew about this then. Everyone knew Anglo was in trouble yet they didn't tell anyone. They didn't tell the brokers, they didn't tell me. I had no idea. I thought the bank was doing fine and we continued to buy shares in it,' he said.
Despite his allegation Quinn has also appealed to Kenny to launch a public enquiry into his family's case.
'My message to Enda Kenny is you must know that there was a real cock up. I would say, use your legislation, push the legislation that it is a criminal offense to withhold information regarding white collar crime, push it and give the family our data protection information and freedom of information, release the documents that are being withheld, open up the case, let someone come along in a public enquiry, and question the destruction of the Quinn Group,' he said.
Quinn repeatedly made the point that he was stupid to buy the shares but his criticisms of the former Anglo Irish Bank surpass his other considerations.
'Anglo made a mistake of over lending, of poor lending practices. The government was sold a pup, they were told that Sean Quinn was a disaster and wasn't running his companies well. The company had been doing well for 30 years. What I can't understand is why they don't know at this stage that they were told a pack of lies,' he said.
The interview with Quinn was conducted ahead of the G8 summit and prior to the release of the now notorious 'Anglo Tapes' that are currently riveting the public in Ireland.
'I am blessed with a good family. We are united in our determination that the truth will come out and it could be three, four years. There is a moral duty on the family that if lies are being told, if we were framed, if there was a cover up, to see this through,' he said.
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