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Senator Fergal Quinn - RIP

Hillmanhunter1

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Very sorry to hear about the passing of this gentleman.

A great entrepreneur who put the customer first, was never tainted with scandal, and who saw it as his civic duty to contribute to public life and State enterprises.

And he made great sausages.

An example to us all.
 


Pyewacket

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I don't do sausages, because Long Pig, but by God did he do a good soda bread.

It shook me to the core, and made me realise a UI was inevitable, when I found out I could get the Northern Delight in a Soudie supermarket. I could have sworn they would never bring it off.
 

drjimryan2

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Lets not forget his Hello Money Scandal......not very customer focused then.......

and also his support for Ballymaloe products on his shelves.......
 
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ergo2

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Quinn ran and developed a good business.
He was a good and innovative senator. A one man argument for the retention and enhancement of Seanad Éireann
 

wombat

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A one man argument for the retention and enhancement of Seanad Éireann
I'd say the exact opposite, the contrast between himself and the rest.
 

Pabilito

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Rarely do we see his likes.. the best President we never had as someone said.

A very kind generous man who was unaffected by his extraordinary business acumen and the wealth it brought him and others.. despite his success and wealth he managed to retain a simple honest decency about himself.

My father knew him from working on projects with him back in the eighties and Fergal kindly gave one of my brothers who had special needs his first job in one of the stores where he’s still an employee 30 years on. A lasting memory is arriving back to our family home after my father’s funeral to find a mound of sandwiches and food for guests donated by the local Superquinn along with a lengthy handwritten letter of condolence from Fergal himself.

RIP Fergal Quinn.
 

SweenyTodd

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Meet him when in university, he was a wonderrful man, he gave his time generously and was very engaging and encouraging. You left with a feeling that he was someone who you would remember.

Go n-éirí an bóthar leat
Go raibh an ghaoth go brách ag do chúl
Go lonraí an ghrian go te ar d'aghaidh
Go dtite an bháisteach go mín ar do pháirceanna
Agus go mbuailimid le chéile arís,
Go gcoinní Dia i mbos A láimhe thú.
 

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Loved by all, down to earth, very likeable man.
And really broke the mould with Superquinn, the first Irish supermarket to give the impression that they were privileged to have you in their store, rather than the other way round.
 

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From a post on facebook

A member of the Irish Capitalist class passes away and the sycophants are out in force. Yes, he created employment when Ireland was in the midst of '80s recession. The jobs were exploitative and low paid. I started on 50p an hour. At one stage we had to wear sweatshirts with the words "No tips please, your custom is our reward" emblazoned on the front and back. Bullying within the workforce was prevalent when I worked there. There were no procedures to deal with it. As a man he was pleasant enough. He knew every member of staff by name and once caught me out wearing someone else's name badge. He damaged An Post when he took over as director and it became a semi-state body. Working conditions deteriorated. As senator I think the only memorable thing he did was to bring a Bill to stop Irish Water from demanding PPS numbers from "customers".
 
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From a post on facebook

A member of the Irish Capitalist class passes away and the sycophants are out in force. Yes, he created employment when Ireland was in the midst of '80s recession. The jobs were exploitative and low paid. I started on 50p an hour. At one stage we had to wear sweatshirts with the words "No tips please, your custom is our reward" emblazoned on the front and back. Bullying within the workforce was prevalent when I worked there. There were no procedures to deal with it. As a man he was pleasant enough. He knew every member of staff by name and once caught me out wearing someone else's name badge. He damaged An Post when he took over as director and it became a semi-state body. Working conditions deteriorated. As senator I think the only memorable thing he did was to bring a Bill to stop Irish Water from demanding PPS numbers from "customers".
Everybody has a right to an opinion.

He seemed like a very nice and respectable man, but the views of the people who worked for him would perhaps give a better picture about who he was.
 

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Everybody has a right to an opinion.

He seemed like a very nice and respectable man, but the views of the people who worked for him would perhaps give a better picture about who he was.
Anyone old enough to have been at work in the eighties, and still a "socialist" today, still rabbiting away about "a member of the Irish Capitalist class passing away" and with the type of tone evident in the above social media post, clearly has never been capable of giving any kind of picture about anything.

Anyway people always go on about having "a right to an opinion", but they never talk about the duty of adequately cultivating opinion. (Rather it seems like everyone must have an opinion on everything that occurs, and to do that they should think and speak hurriedly, without reflection, repeating what has been said by others, that is at best as it often seems to me.)

In this vein, the "socialist" complete tulip making that facebook post above should be told in no uncertain terms to stick his "opinion" up his arse, that it counts for nothing that is worthwhile.
 

Ardillaun

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It's refreshing to encounter a likeable 'member of the Irish Capitalist class'. Too many of our leading lights are dodgy characters living in the shadows who run to their lawyers any time their behaviour is discussed.
 

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One think he took into his service in Post was a determination to change the service philosophy. It is not commonly realised that up to relatively recent times it took six months to have a landline installed he slashed this.

He gave the country good service.
 

Baron von Biffo

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One think he took into his service in Post was a determination to change the service philosophy. It is not commonly realised that up to relatively recent times it took six months to have a landline installed he slashed this.

He gave the country good service.
He didn't.

An Post runs the mails service, Telecom Éireann ran the phone service and it was Michael Smurfit who ran that.
 


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