Minder Bender: Mixing oil and Educo

Minder Bender By Nicola Tallant

Sunday World

September 20, 2009

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TONY QUINN flew into Ireland last week on a massive PR drive to save his crumbling reputation. But the Mucky Messiah couldn’t resist flashing his wealth and paid a security team to give him the full superstar rapper treatment as he was whisked around to meet his devoted fans. Two high-powered jeeps, a brand new top-of-the-range BMW and a team of eight bodyguards were on hand to ‘protect’ Quinn, girlfriend Eve and Secretary Mary Power from whatever threat he felt they were under during his homecoming. To those who have remained loyal to him throughout the storm of the last year, Quinn remained at arm’s distance, favouring the company of his new inner circle of rich oil magnates who he hopes will turn him into a billionaire baron. Incredibly, during the week he told shareholders of an oil company pumping 5,000 barrels of crude a week that they would have to borrow from him to get their money back.

The tanned guru sported a Miami Vice-style wardrobe of white pants and short-sleeved shirts while at home in Dublin, complete with a dodgy mullet of dyed blonde hair. The 62-year-old has tried to fight off the ageing process for years but despite travelling everywhere with his 23-year-old blonde lover, few could mistake him for anything more than a sugar daddy. Quinn has been staying at his Hick’s Tower home in Malahide since his return to Dublin last Saturday, where a team of devotees cater to his every whim. But despite his best efforts to look the part, it is becoming  increasingly  evident that Quinn is morphing more and more into a ridiculous Austin Powers-type character desperately trying to hang on to his past. In advance of his arrival he delivered one million copies of his very own newspaper to homes across the country. He even interviewed himself for his ‘Blueprint For Successful Living,’ which features articles about his mind techniques, his gyms, his health supplements and now his oil company. On one page an old photo of Quinn’s body-building days is used, on another he describes his girlfriend as the ‘poster girl’ for his Educo Gyms and on the front he is pictured, dressed in white, in front of a marina of yachts. The mind guru, who has amassed a huge fortune by conning followers out of millions of their personal savings to fund his lavish lifestyle, gave his annual address to followers at the RDS on Sunday. In the past the seminar has attracted crowds of up to 1,000 but only a handful of devoted fans showed up to hear his address. He arrived there with his heavy handed security shortly after 2pm, despite the fact followers were told to be at the hall at 10am. He emerged from the back of a blacked-out jeep followed closely by stunner Eve, who was dressed in a scarlet red cocktail dress.

Secretary Mary Power, who has devoted her whole life to Quinn, was left to carry their bags. Inside he took to the stage where he tried to sell his pricey seminars in the sun, including one he is planning in Spain next month. Two days later the same ridiculous security arrangements were made at Hick’s Tower when Quinn and his entourage made their way across town, again in high-powered vehicles. This time he faced down investors in an oil company at their AGM at the Burlington Hotel where he invoked the spirit of his dead mother to shut up his critics. Accused Quinn, who has been accused of muscling in on the billion-dollar company by using his mind bending techniques to influence other directors, took to the stage and said he was ready to get tough with people who told tales to the Sunday World. In a rambling, self-contradictory speech, Quinn told 200 shareholders at the International Natural Energy meeting: “You will not get me to go to court. “Some of you here will have depended on that fact. But I have no choice. If they think I’m joking, talk to my mum. My mum will tell them, ‘Tony will give you enough rope to hang yourself’.  Quinn went on to rant about how the Sunday World had damaged his reputation and threw in RTE and the media in general for turning on him and damaging the value of shares in the company which struck oil in 2005. Angry shareholders had earlier met to air their concerns about the fact that Quinn was brought in as a director of the company in 2007 and was gifted more than US$20m in shares. They are perturbed about the appointment and  believe that Quinn may now be set to cream the profits while shareholders have yet to receive any dividend on their investments, many of which were made nine years ago. No questions were taken at the meeting and, despite the fact that concerned investors were told they could have a private meeting with Quinn afterwards to air their grievances, he was whisked away by his team of bodyguards before anyone could talk to him. A Sunday World team gained access to the meeting and heard Quinn’s ludicrous rantings about how WE had damaged his reputation and de-valued the oil shares. Quinn and his inner circle spun a ridiculous scenario that culminated in shareholders being told if they wanted their money back they would have to borrow it from the company. Warning shareholders to stop leaking stories to the media, Quinn and his fellow directors urged them to “stick together” to “get rich”. Amazingly, one of the oil company’s cofounders, Susan Morrice, even claimed to have received phone calls from people who had tried to “blackmail” Tony in return for money and claimed hackers had stolen confidential information from the email accounts of shareholders. While she did not go into details of these shocking allegations, Morrice lashed out at the general “negativity” which she said had widened a “rift” among the shareholders of the oil company and Quinn’s international organisation as a whole. One shareholder and former Quinn supporter, Maire Lalor, even left the meeting after questioning why pictures of herself and her son were displayed on a screen as part of a slide show to illustrate disloyal members of the Quinn organisation. “Stop hiding behind the oil,” she warned Quinn before exiting the meeting. A mob atmosphere dominated the AGM underscored by bursts of applause as each speaker attacked those who did not share Quinn’s vision. As the meeting got more bizarre, Quinn made a rambling appeal to the ‘Doubting Thomas’s’ – about half the crowd – to row in with the rest. “In a very simple way can we decide nobody is the bad guy and just leave it at that? Do we have to be so vicious to each other?” he begged. “I thought we all admired each other so much. I really don’t know what we’re going on about. If we’re divided, you’ll still be able to collect these profits, but imagine what would happen if we weren’t divided…. I don’t know when we can get together to make more miracles happen.” On stage Quinn adopted the classic Jesus pose – arms out from his side to form a triangle, palms towards the audience and eyes staring out soulfully – a typical cult leader technique. Afterwards he enjoyed a slap-up meal at the Four Seasons hotel where a meal for two typically costs €400.

3 Responses

  1. This is not about the board it is about Tony Quinn using mental manipulation from his cult to deceive shareholders. It is simple, Susan Morrice is a devout follower and has been for years. What is happening in our company is that they are attempting to rewrite the history of this company. There are a few late comers of investors to the company but as someone who invested not right at the beginning but in 2004 I was there to hear the real story. Quinn actively discouraged me from investing. His people at one of his shops phoned me up and told me not to invest. Tony Quinn is the problem here, he is the person who is influcening Susan Morrice. Look at her at the AGM she was ‘entranced’ she is not capable of running our company. We need to get the people back who found the oil, the real hard working Directors that were present day 1. We as shareholders have to unite to get rid of this evil from our company.


  2. It is inaccurate to describe the meeting as an AGM. It was a PR meeting, with almost no content of any real value to shareholders. Questions were banned. There have been no previous minutes kept, it will be interesting to see if they are recorded this year. Accounts etc. were presented on the day with no time for study or comment. Mickey Mouse would do a lot better! Conclusion; it is a really good company if it had no board to blacken its reputation.


  3. In January of 2008 I walked away from the Quinn “organisation”.

    In September of 2008 I had a twelve hour meeting with Quinn. I insisted on the meeting being held in neutral ground refusing to have to get through his cronies and go to Hicks Tower. The best Quinn could do was to come to his “best friend” Derek Lawler’s house for a meeting. He wanted my son, my husband and my son’s dad to be present to which I agreed. Mary Power dropped over his special armchair to Derek’s house earlier that day so he had somewhere to sit(??)

    I cannot give the details of what happened here suffice to say that there has been twelve months of intimidation and bullying of both my son and myself (and others) since then which culuminated in what was nothing short of a public flogging i.e. a picture of me and my son (at 12 year old I might add) displayed on a giant screen at a meeting to do with an oil company. The chairperson flogged us with accusations and Quinn cried on her shoulder about my breaking my promise to him. Some one said to me later “only a twisted mind would do such a thing and only twisted minds would think that it is ok to do such a thing”.

    I said it at the meeting and I say it again “my grievances are with Quinn, not the oil company or it’s shareholders”. Shame on those who have known me for years and believe that I would want to harm that company or it’s shareholders 9 of whom are my family.


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