This is the gripping inside story of Ireland’s bankrupt billionaire, Sean Quinn, who went from rags to riches before gambling it all on Anglo-Irish Bank shares and became the world’s biggest personal loser of the economic collapse of 2008.
A millionaire by thirty, Quinn took on the Irish cement business in the 1980s and won. He became an almost mythical character, creating thousands of jobs at a time when the dark shadows of mass unemployment and the Troubles loomed over the borderlands. Then he gambled on the stock market, and this time he lost.
Quinn’s senior team was hand-picked, with loyalty prized above all else. But they have now become the sole focus of his obsession, as he holds them responsible for what happened. The atmosphere in ‘Quinn Country’ turned dark and ominous, culminating with the horrific abduction and attack on Kevin Lunney in 2019.
Ten years after losing it all, Quinn is a brooding figure in a monstrous house, refusing to accept any blame for his downfall. Featuring exclusive interviews with the man himself, and prominent figures from his inner circle, this is the truly remarkable story of the man everyone said was too big to fail.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Oscar-nominated producer, director and journalist Trevor Birney began his career in Enniskillen on the Impartial Reporter newspaper, and he was later editor of current affairs at UTV. He has won a Justice Media Award, two RTS awards and was named NI Broadcaster of the Year in 2002. In 2017, with Barry McCaffrey, he produced the ground-breaking doc No Stone Unturned, about the 1994 murder by UVF gunmen of six Catholics in Loughinisland, County Down. Birney and McCaffrey’s work resulted in their wrongful arrests by the PSNI, who later paid the producers significant damages.