About Feargal Quinn

Feargal Quinn is an independent member of Seanad Éireann.

On his website he describes himself as follows: “I’m a Dubliner, born in 1936. I went to Newbridge College; I then did a commerce degree in UCD. My wife Denise and I live in north County Dublin and have five grown-up children.

My first business experience was in my father’s holiday-camp at Red Island in Skerries, Co Dublin. in 1960 I started a small shop in Dundalk with just eight colleagues. .

Our first Dublin shop at Finglas came in 1965, and for the next 20 years we concentrated on becoming a major player in the Dublin area. By the time my family sold out our interest in the company in 2005, there were 21 shops and a team of over 5,000

From the start Superquinn homed in on two big things – food and customer service. Our focus on food led to things like our own bread, pizzas, and even sausages made right in the shop, and to staffed meat, fish and delicatessen counters rather than just self-service.
Our focus on customer service brought playhouses for customers’ children, feed-back groups where we listen to customers, and a host of other innovations for which in time we became famous all over the retailing world. We were first in Europe with a technology-based loyalty scheme, SuperClub, technology we sold to companies in other countries. We became partners in an innovative online shopping venture Buy4now. I wrote a book about my business philosophy, “Crowning the Customer”, which has sold like Superquinn sausages in several countries.

I ran for the Seanad first in 1973 and I believe passionately in the Seanad’s role, and give a lot of time to my duties there. I was re-elected in 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2011.

In 1979 the Government asked me to be chairman of what later became An Post, and I spent 10 years helping to modernize that service and launch the National Lottery.

Another exciting public service involvement was chairing the steering committee for the new Leaving Certificate Applied – it was a privilege to take part in that revolution in Irish education.

In 2006 I was appointed an Adjunct Professor in Marketing at NUI Galway.

Senator Quinn is a well known TV personality with such programmes as “Feargal Quinn’s Retail Therapy” and more recently “Local Heroes – A Town Fights Back”.