Thursday 23 November 2017

Yellow ribbon on front door welcomes David Drumm home

EMOTIONAL: David Drumm received a warm welcome home. Photo: Mark Condren
EMOTIONAL: David Drumm received a warm welcome home. Photo: Mark Condren
Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief David Drumm was greeted by a yellow ribbon attached to the front door of his childhood home in Skerries after his application for bail was granted by Dublin District Court last Tuesday.

The ribbon was put there by his family to welcome him home following what a source close to the former banker has described as a "nightmare period in his life" in which he spent five months detained in four prisons across two US states before being extradited to face 33 charges arising from his time at the helm of Anglo Irish Bank.

The Sunday Independent understands Mr Drumm has spent the last number of days resting following the ordeal, which saw him transferred for his own personal safety both between and within correctional facilities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Accompanied from the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street by his sisters Anne and Susan, his sisters-in-law, Fiona, Pam and Gina, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law Danny and Georgina, Mr Drumm arrived home last Tuesday afternoon to be reunited with his 80-year-old mother, Mary.

The meeting is understood to have been particularly emotional for Mrs Drumm. Having appealed in vain to a US judge to allow her son out on bail in the United States pending his extradition hearing which had originally been scheduled for March 3 last, Mrs Drumm later found herself turned away from the Plymouth Correctional Facility on Christmas Eve for "security reasons" when she tried to visit him.

The former Anglo chief is also understood to have been reunited last Tuesday with three of his four brothers and his sister, Adrienne, at the Drumm family home in north county Dublin.

A source familiar with the matter described the house as being filled with a "Christmassy" atmosphere, with most of Mr Drumm's 18 nephews and nieces in attendance.

Those unable to make it for the occasion made contact by Skype and Facetime throughout the evening and late into the night, while neighbours and friends are said to have "poured in" to offer Mr Drumm their support.

Mr Drumm's wife, Lorraine, and their daughters, Sarah and Ellen, are understood to have spoken to him by Skype from Boston in between making plans for their return to and resettlement in Ireland.

It is understood Mr Drumm's family returned to Dublin last Thursday.

Apart from his family and friends, it is understood that the former Anglo CEO has been contacted in recent days by a number of his former colleagues and clients with messages of support and goodwill.

The Sunday Independent has established that Mr Drumm intends to continue working for his US-based employer from his home in Dublin while he prepares for his trial, which is not expected to get under way until the middle of 2017 at the earliest.

In the case of Mr Drumm's trial, there are two books of evidence, as well as millions of documents and 400 hours of internal bank phone recordings involved. Dublin District Court was told last week that up to 120 witnesses could be called by the prosecution.

Sunday Independent

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