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crime world Episode 54: The rise and spectacular fall of the Sean Quinn empire

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Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

He was the one-time billionaire and the pride of his native Cavan, where a generation of workers shared the spoils of his success.

Businessman Sean Quinn was said to have built an empire on a mountain but always remembered his humble beginnings and was at his happiest sharing lunch with factory workers and playing cards with old pals.

So, what has it been like to watch the fall of the Mighty Quinn amid the horror of the kidnap and torture of his former executive Kevin Lunney? Who is the man with two faces and what do his one time supporters think of him now?

Nicola Tallant talks to Sunday Independent reporter Rodney Edwards, who has covered the Quinn story for over a decade as a local who grew up under the legend of the business giant. He tells me how a generation of workers who once backed Quinn have now moved on from the businessman's dreams of a return to power.

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