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THE probe into the former Anglo Irish Bank has been completed, with 60 charges brought against a number of individuals, the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement has said.

The office's new director, Ian Drennan, said that the role of the office had now moved to being one which supported the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In relation to Anglo Irish Bank, charges have already been made against its former chairman Sean FitzPatrick (right), finance director Willie McAteer and senior executive Pat Whelan.

The cases are expected to come to trial early next year.

Entirely separate from the Anglo investigation, the office received 2,400 reports, referrals and complaints last year from liquidators, auditors, professional bodies, other regulatory authorities and members of the public. A total of 16 criminal convictions were secured.