Saturday 10 December 2016

Misplaced loyalty of Anglo Three and elephant in room that is Seanie

Why would three people of ­impeccable character take part in a scheme to essentially spare Sean FitzPatrick's position?

Published 02/08/2015 | 02:30

REALITY HITS HOME: Former chief operating officer Tiarnan O’Mahoney (56)
REALITY HITS HOME: Former chief operating officer Tiarnan O’Mahoney (56)
Former company secretary Bernard Daly (67)
Former assistant manager Aoife Maguire (62)
Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick

The irony, a bitter one no doubt, can't have been lost on the three former Anglo Irish bankers jailed for conspiring to conceal or alter bank accounts (from the Revenue) connected to Anglo's former chairman Sean FitzPatrick.

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Last Friday in courtroom 19 at the Criminal Courts of Justice, Tiarnan O'Mahoney, Bernard Daly and Aoife Maguire - stunned after spending their first full night in custody - listened to their lawyers submit pleas in mitigation on their behalf.

The 'landmark' convictions turned on a scheme to protect Sean FitzPatrick, whom prosecutor Dominic McGinn Senior Counsel said was "the thread running through all the charges" but was nowhere to be seen - either as a witness or a defendant.

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