Friday 20 April 2018

FitzPatrick has seen no punishment, judge told

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick
Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick

Conor Gallagher

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick had escaped punishment while employees of the bank were facing jail for altering accounts being sought by Revenue, a judge was told.

Former chief operations officer Tiarnan O'Mahoney, former company secretary Bernard Daly and former assistant manager Aoife Maguire are all beginning custodial sentences.

They were found guilty by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Thursday on all charges after a two-month trial.

But counsel for Daly, Sean Guerin SC, asked the judge to bear in mind that the case against Mr FitzPatrick, who has never been charged in relation to the fraud, was stronger than the one against his client. He mentioned "the impunity that Mr FitzPatrick has been fortunate enough to meet in these matters."

Irish Independent

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