Saturday 25 February 2017

Gardai to re-interview 'Anglo five' for probe

Tom Brady Security Editor

GARDAI are to interview up to five former officials of Anglo Irish Bank again before completing the "wrap-up" phase of its long-running investigation into financial irregularities at the financial institution.

New information will be put to the five by officers from the garda national fraud bureau as detectives tie up the remaining pieces of the investigation jigsaw before making the final submission to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The officials to be re-interviewed include former Anglo chairman Sean FitzPatrick and the bank's ex-financial director Willie McAteer, and either two or three less senior employees.

The interviews are expected to be carried out by early next month and will complete the garda side of the investigation which has been conducted alongside the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) since February 2009.

The ODCE has already sent three files to the DPP.

The latest, submitted last month, related to the suspected failure of Anglo to maintain a register of loans and other transactions between the bank and its directors and associated persons.

Director Paul Appleby said that further papers would be sent to the DPP in the coming months.

The ODCE is expected to have substantially completed its inquiries by the end of the year when it sends in a file on Anglo's financial statements in 2008 and previous years.

Irish Independent

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