Sean Fitzpatrick unlikely to stand trial until end of 2014

Former Anglo chairman facing 12 charges

Sean Fitzpatrick appeared at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today. The 64-year-old is facing 12 charges in connection with financial irregularities at the bank over a six-year period. He has yet to enter a plea.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Sean Fitzpatrick appeared at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today. The 64-year-old is facing 12 charges in connection with financial irregularities at the bank over a six-year period. He has yet to enter a plea. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fri, Mar 22, 2013, 17:42

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean Fitzpatrick is unlikely to stand trial until the end of 2014 on charges of failing to make disclosures to the bank’s auditors about loans he received.

The 64-year-old is facing 12 charges in connection with financial irregularities at the bank over a six-year period. He has yet to enter a plea.

Mr Fitzpatrick appeared at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today for the first time on these charges after he was sent forward from the District Court earlier this month.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring was told Mr Fitzpatrick was “ultimately” likely to take a trial date. She told the court that this would probably be towards the end of 2014.

This is so that a period of “fade” can take place following the accused’s trial on separate matters in early 2014.

Prosecuting counsel Una Ní Raifeartaigh SC said some disclosure had taken place but more was to be done. She asked for seven or eight weeks so it could be completed.

Judge Ring adjourned the case until July 8th for a progress update. She excused Mr Fitzpatrick from attending on that date following a defence request.

In the District Court earlier this month Mr Fitzpatrick of Camaderry, Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, was charged under Section 197 of the Companies Act, 1990.

He faces 12 counts of failing to disclose to auditors Ernst & Young the true value of loans worth at least €139 million given to him or people connected to him, by Irish Nationwide Building Society from 2002 to 2007 while he was an officer of the bank.