Loyalties and emotions cannot get in the way of justice in Quinn case: McDonald
Sinn Féin deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald has said that justice must be done before the courts in the Quinn case.
Deputy McDonald said the Quinns clearly brought employment and prosperity to parts of the country, but that there was no disputing the fact that in recent years the Quinns have engaged in questionable business practice which is being examined in detail by the courts.
"There are strong emotions in support of the Quinns. This is understandable, however, neither loyalty nor emotion can be allowed to get in the way of justice being done in the Quinn case or, indeed, any other that may arise.
"The matter is before the courts and that is where the final judgement will be made. The Quinns chose to put a lot into the public domain concerning their case, including the fact that company law was breached and that they have moved assets beyond the reach of IBRC.
"As the IBRC is now fully state-owned, money owed to it by the Quinns is money owed the state. The Quinns have an obligation to abide by the law the same as any other citizen. They also have an obligation to work with IBRC to repay what they owe."