Saturday 16 November 2019

Seanie unwinds on a Spanish sojourn

Sean FitzPatrick peruses a menu in Estepona while on bail.
Sean FitzPatrick peruses a menu in Estepona while on bail.

Mark Hilliard

TWO months after being charged with alleged offences as head of Anglo Irish Bank, Sean FitzPatrick was spotted on a sojourn to the south of Spain.

But the bargain menu at the La Posada restaurant in Cancelada near Estepona is a far cry from the fancier eateries he once frequented in Dublin city. In this modest Costa del Sol eating spot, a main course will set you back just €20.

Mr Fitzpatrick was spotted amongst a group of four enjoying the local hospitality in the small village.

It is now just over eight weeks since he was arrested at Dublin Airport by gardai attached to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement as he returned from a trip to the US. At a subsequent hearing at Dublin District Court, some 16 charges were brought against him over alleged corporate law irregularities during his time at Anglo.

While Mr FitzPatrick handed over his passport, he was granted bail and the court instructed him to give at least 48 hours notice of any intention to leave the State. He is also required to sign on at a garda station once a week.

The case against him is likely to move ahead next month, when he will be provided with a book of evidence outlining in detail the evidence against him.

Mr FitzPatrick's charges relate to allegations that the bank provided loans to a group of investors -- the Maple 10 and members of Sean Quinn's family -- to invest in the bank's shares.

Irish Independent

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