And what of the Quinn Group’s former Non Executive Directors?

Unsurprisingly, a lot of news focus has been on the Quinn family and the income they’ve derived out the various family businesses… and the Irish court systems various attempts to trace what’s happening to current income from holdings in Russia…

But of course, in theory at least he was not the only one driving the business, or responsible for its general oversight. So what of Pat O’Neill, chairman of Quinn Group Holdco Limited (QGHL) who quietly faded from view this February?

Or even those former Board members who stepped down from Quinn Insurance back in June 2010? NED’s are intended to provide independent oversight and a challenge function to the executive team. In this case, it would seem that some of them must have seriously taken their eyes off the ball…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty