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Episode 1

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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 14 September 2011

In this two part series business reporter Declan Curry returns home to Northern Ireland to look at two companies in the border county of Fermanagh that have created employment and wealth.

In this first episode Declan is in the village of Derrylin in Fermanagh, where local man Sean Quinn began his empire in the 1970s. A farmer's son, at the age of 14 Quinn realised there was money to be made from quarrying gravel. His company expanded to include other concerns including a cement production, glass manufacturing and insurance. Sean Quinn became one of the richest men in Ireland.

Then in 2010 Sean Quinn became one of the biggest casualties of Ireland's worst banking disaster after investing on the future success of the now failed Anglo Irish Bank.

As one of the biggest employers along the Irish border this documentary goes behind the headlines to look at the human fall-out of the Quinn difficulties. What will the impact be for a place that is many miles from both Belfast and Dublin?

Producer Regina Gallen.


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