Former Anglo officials appear in courtUpdated: 17:10, Monday, 23 July 2012
Two former senior executives at Anglo Irish Bank have appeared in court charged in connection with alleged financial irregularities at the bank
One News: McAteer in court over contravening Company Law Act
Former finance director Willie McAteer and former managing director for Ireland Patrick Whelan have both been charged with sixteen offences under the Companies Act
They are both accused of permitting Anglo Irish Bank to give financial assistance to Patricia Quinn, her five children and ten senior clients of the Bank who became known as the Maple Ten, to enable the 16 to buy shares in the bank.
Both men were remanded on bail to appear again in the Dublin District Court in October for service of the book of evidence.
They are the first to face criminal charges as part of the ongoing joint investigation by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and the Director of Corporate Enforcement
The joint investigation into alleged irregularities at Anglo Irish Bank has been ongoing for the past three and a half years.
Mr McAteer was the first to be arrested on the N7 at Rathcoole at 9.50am and brought to the Bridewell Garda Station.
At 12.25pm Mr Whelan was also arrested at his home at Rachra, the Coast Road in Malahide.
He too was brought to the Bridewell before being transferred by Garda van to the Dublin District Court where both men appeared at separate hearings.
Detective Sergeant Catharina Gunne of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in the case of Willie McAteer. She told the court he made no reply to the charges
The 61-year-old was released on bail this afternoon of his own bond of €1,000 after he handed in his passport agreed to reside at his home in Auburn Villas in Rathgar and his wife Maria was accepted by the
court as an independent surety of €10,000.
In the case of Mr Whelan, Detective Sergeant Michael Prendergast who is on secondment to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.
The 50-year-old was remanded on bail of a €1,000 bond and a €10,000 surety.
He is to reside at his own address and give the gardaí notice of his intention to travel abroad except to the UK. The court heard Mr Whelan is "back and forth" to London during the week.
His defence solicitor said the gardaí accepted he was not a flight risk and are not looking for his passport.
He was also ordered to sign on once a week at Malahide Garda Station
Both men are due to appear again in the Dublin District Court for service of the book of evidence on the 8 October.
Quinn family: 'Real perpetrators walking free'
22/07/2012 - 10:07:37
The billionaire Quinn family hit back after Sean Quinn's son and nephew were handed jail sentences over an asset-stripping plot, saying the “real perpetrators” continued to walk free.
Peter Darragh Quinn and his cousin Sean Quinn Junior were each sentenced to three months for trying to hide a €500m property empire from the former Anglo Irish Bank.
Quinn senior, 65, once Ireland’s richest man, was also found guilty of the offence by the High Court in Dublin three weeks ago but was spared punishment for now to give him time to comply with court orders and unravel the moves that carved up the family’s international property empire.
Sean Quinn Junior began his sentence on Friday for contempt. He will serve his three-month jail sentence in the low-security training unit of Mountjoy Jail. A warrant has been issued for Peter Darragh Quinn's arrest, after he failed to appear in court.
The Quinn family statement to RTE said: “Ireland today is imprisoning people who have been defrauded of millions by banks whom they have never met or never borrowed a penny from, while the real perpetrators continue to walk free.”
Quinn senior clutched a handkerchief and bowed his head as the High Court ordered his son to be locked up.
The arrest of his nephew was ordered after he failed to turn up for the hearing, leaving a message that he was sick.
Quinn senior refused to comment on the jail terms as he left the Four Courts in Dublin and told reporters: “Have a good weekend.”
The one-time industry, insurance and property tycoon’s doomed gambles on Anglo have lumbered the family with a €2.8bn debt and a jailed son.
Judge Elizabeth Dunne told the men their contempt of court had been outrageous and that she was unhappy with their lack of co-operation.
Sean Quinn avoided jail but must co-operate with the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation within three months.
Sean jnr will serve out the remainder of his sentence at the training unit of Mountjoy prison.
It is a semi-open low security facility.
He and Peter Darragh Quinn will be jailed until the contempt of court in breaching an order not to put €500m euro of overseas property assets beyond the reach of the former Anglo Irish bank is purged.
Former Anglo boss FitzPatrick chargedhttp://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/former-anglo-boss-fitzpatrick-charged-560424.html
24/07/2012 - 11:32:40
The former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank has today been charged with facilitating unlawful loans to buy Anglo shares.
Sean FitzPatrick was brought before the Criminal Courts in Dublin for the alleged financial irregularities.
FitzPatrick, of Whitshed Road, Greystones, was arrested at Dublin Airport at 5.37am this morning having stepped off a flight from Atlanta, after arranging to meet officers.
Dressed in chinos, loafers a navy jacket, blue shirt and pink tie a tanned FitzPatrick greeted the judge with a "good morning" on entering the court.
The court heard the 64-year-old replied “no comment” when charged with 16 offences by gardaí attached to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement in a city centre Garda station.
Each charge relates to advising on and lending millions to a golden circle of investors.
Bankrupt billionaire Sean Quinn’s wife and children were among those involved in the ill-fated plan to save the sinking bank in July 2008.
FitzPatrick is the third person to be arrested so far this week in connection with an ongoing investigation into financial irregularities at the collapsed bank.
Former finance director Willie McAteer (aged 61) from Rathgar in south Dublin, and former managing director of lending at the toxic bank, Pat Whelan (aged 50) were charged with the same offences yesterday.
All three have been bailed and will reappear before the court on October 8.
Anglo was nationalised months later, in January 2009, and has since cost the Irish taxpayer about €30bn – almost half the value of Ireland's bank bailout.