Sunday 17 December 2017

Man who bloomed in the spotlight learned to keep his head down

The former headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank
The former headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank
Former Anglo chairman Sean FitzPatrick greets the media and well-wishers yesterday after he was acquitted in a 43-day trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photo :Mark Condren
Sean FitzPatrick: pictured at bank meeting in 1999. Photo: Collins
Sean FitzPatrick speaking to members of the media outside court after he was cleared. Photo: Courtpix
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

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.

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