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Sentenial sale is the payoff for a two-decade bet on SEPA

Sean Fitzgerald saw potential for crossborder payments in EU 

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Founder: Sean Fitzgerald of Sentenial. Photo: Julien Behal

Founder: Sean Fitzgerald of Sentenial. Photo: Julien Behal

Founder: Sean Fitzgerald of Sentenial. Photo: Julien Behal

The €110m sale of Irish payment technology firm Sentenial means a payday for shareholders including former Finance Minister and European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, who is a director of the company, the late Feargal Quinn’s family, and veteran executive Gary McGann. 

The Kildare-based company is being bought by Australia’s EML Payments for up to €110m, including cash upfront and up to €40m under an ‘earn out’ agreement. The same buyer took over Navan-based Prepaid Financial Services last year, making multi-millionaires of its founders Noel and Valerie Moran.


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