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Monday 24 July 2017

Crushing day for Seanie as repo man takes his mouldy Beemer

A 92-D, 3-Series BMW formerly belonging to ex-Anglo boss Sean FitzPatrick is collected by its new owners, National Recycling, outside his house in Greystones, Co Wicklow, yesterday. Photo: DAMIEN EAGERS
A 92-D, 3-Series BMW formerly belonging to ex-Anglo boss Sean FitzPatrick is collected by its new owners, National Recycling, outside his house in Greystones, Co Wicklow, yesterday. Photo: DAMIEN EAGERS
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

SEAN FitzPatrick was nowhere to be seen as one of his once-luxury cars was towed away to be crushed yesterday.

Onlookers, who could hardly hold back their satisfaction with the scene, spoke of their anger at the disgraced Anglo Irish boss as his black 1992 BMW 3-series was towed away yesterday morning.

"Good riddance," said one woman who was walking her dog along Whitshead Road, the Greystones neighbourhood that houses Mr FitzPatrick's plush pile, tastefully named 'Camaderry'.

"All I can say is he deserves it," she added.

The car was bought in December by Clondalkin-based National Recycling in an online auction for €1,234.56.

There was no tax, insurance or NCT on the car and mould was growing on the seats as the company came to collect their prize yesterday.

In a stinging satire of the fate of Mr FitzPatrick's once great Anglo Irish Bank, workers for National Recycling put "nationalised" stickers on the car.

Last night the company's Conor Hand said that one lucky member of the public would get the opportunity to destroy the car formerly owned by Mr FitzPatrick.

The company is going to raise money for charity by setting up a competition to allow a member of the public the chance to push the button for the crusher.

Mr FitzPatrick had cleared out all of his belongings from the car, bar an album by Irish band The Thrills, before it was handed over.

The car had been sold online by the High Court's official assignee who is dealing with Mr FitzPatrick's bankruptcy.

The family put up no fight when it came to handing over the BMW to the repo men.

It was left outside the house, open, with the keys inside.

The curtains were drawn and there was no answer to the door when the Irish Independent called to the house.

"It was all pre-arranged. we had called in advance and he knew we were coming," Mr Hand said.

The BMW had "no kick in it" when it came to starting the engine to put it on the tow truck, according to the tow men.

Irish Independent

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