Philip "Phil" Flynn (born in 1940, Dundalk, Ireland) is an Irish
businessman. He was previously a vice-president of Sinn Féin, a trade
unionist, an industrial relations consultant, a government advisor and
a financier. He was the eldest of five children of a nationalist
Fine Gael father.
Sinn Féin at the age of 14 and lent support to some of
those involved in the IRA Border campaign of the 1950s. He was taken
in for police questioning on a number of occasions owing to his
political activities. In 1974, he was tried with IRA membership, but
acquitted, by the
Special Criminal Court. During the trial, the state
alleged that he was IRA Director of Finance. In Liverpool, he was
arrested and held for three days under the Prevention of Terrorism
Act. In 1975, he came to public prominence when he acted as a mediator
Tiede Herrema kidnap siege.
In 1984, he was elected general secretary of the Local Government and
Public Services Union. His election caused problems for the Fine
Gael-Labour administration as Flynn was also vice-president of Sinn
Féin and as such, government officials and ministers refused to talk
to him. Shortly after, he was elected to the executive of the Irish
Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). In the same year, he stepped down as
Sinn Féin vice-president, telling the party's
Ard fheis that his
experience and support would always be available to the movement.
In 1987, he was reported to have resigned from Sinn Féin. From 1993
to 1995, he was president of ICTU, representing the Irish Municipal
Public and Civil Trade Union. In 1996, he was appointed chairman of
the Industrial Credit Corporation (ICC) by Ruairi Quinn. ICC was
subsequently acquired by the
Bank of Scotland
Bank of Scotland in 2001.
In February 2005, Flynn's office was raided by officers of the
Criminal Assets Bureau
Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) as part of an investigation into alleged
IRA money-laundering. Flynn was a non-executive directors Chesterton
Finance Company Ltd, a company at the centre of the CAB investigation.
As a result, he resigned as chairman of the Irish Government committee
on decentralisation, as non-executive chairman of Bank of Scotland
(Ireland) and as director of the VHI. During the search of his
officers, Flynn was found to be the illegal possession of a pen gun
and mini tear gas canisters. At related court hearing In December
2005, he admitted to possession and agreed to pay €5,000 to a
Ted Cunningham, the Cork based financial adviser convicted of
laundering £3 million of the sum stolen by the IRA in the 2004
Northern Bank robbery stated "
Phil Flynn is the boss behind
everything" in a garda interview about the robbery introduced in
evidence in Cunningham's trial.
^ Liam Heylin (28 March 2009). "Flynn 'elephant in room' during
trial". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2009-03-28.
^ Liam Heylin (28 March 2009). "Off tape admissions told the real
story". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2009-03-28.
Party political offices
Gerry Adams and
Dáithí Ó Conaill
Vice-President of Sinn Féin
John Joe McGirl
Trade union offices
General Secretary of the Local Government and Public Services Union
1984 – 1991
General Secretary of IMPACT
1991 – 1995
President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions