Three jurors replaced for trial of Seán FitzPatrick
Three new jurors have had to be sworn for the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick on charges of misleading auditors.
The move was necessary after two jurors who were sworn last week at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, a man and a woman, asked to be excused. This was agreed to by Judge John Aylmer.
The judge said a third juror, a man, had to stand down as it had come to the court's attention that there was a connection between an acquaintance of his and someone involved in the trial.
Three new jurors were subsequently selected, two women and a man. It means the specially enlarged jury is now made up of six men and nine women.
The judge said he wished to give the jury the opportunity to reflect overnight on whether there was any reason they could not take part in the trial.
The case is expected to last for 12 weeks.
"I want you all to be sure you can deal with this case with absolute impartiality," he said.
The judge said there were 10 categories of people who it had been decided could not sit on the jury.
These include people with strong feelings about the banking crisis; anti-austerity protesters; people who had bank shares; and people who knew anyone connected to the trial.
The judge warned jurors not to look for information on the internet or social media or discuss the case with friends or family.
Mr FitzPatrick (68), of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, is facing 27 charges, all of which he denies.