Man who bloomed in the spotlight learned to keep his head down
Seanie FitzPatrick was Ireland's most recognisable banker and bankers are not popular in Ireland of the hundred thousand cutbacks. But a famous face is not synonymous with guilt.
And yesterday the man once seen as the most talented banker of his generation, who transformed Anglo Irish Bank from a sleepy concern into the third largest bank in the State, was acquitted of all charges.
Every time he entered or left the courts complex, FitzPatrick ran the gauntlet of photographers. "Say cheese - give us a smile," some of them would urge. Almost goading. He looked strained at times – and no wonder.