A composite image of Pat Whelan, former director of Anglo Irish Bank (left), and Willie McAteer, former director of finance, who have been sent for trial.

Two former Anglo Irish Bank executives have been sent forward for trial in connection with an alleged fraudulent €8 million loan.Willie McAteer and Pa(...)

Central to the defence mounted by Seán FitzPatrick (above), Willie McAteer and Pat Whelan was that Anglo Irish Bank had taken legal advice from Matheson Ormsby Prentice to the effect that the Maple 10 transaction was legal. Photograph: Eric Luke

One of the more peculiar aspects of Irish corporate culture is the fetishisation of legal advice – and the advice that emanates from the top fo(...)

Former Anglo director Patrick Whelan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Letters that reduced the conditions of loans taken out by businessmen to buy shares in Anglo Irish Bank were sent in “an error of judgment”, th(...)

Gary McGann at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court  where he gave evidence in the trial of three former executives of Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

A former director of Anglo Irish Bank has said he believed the financial regulator was told about the size of businessman Seán(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank director Gary McGann outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today. Photograph: Collins Courts

A former director of Anglo Irish Bank has said he believed the financial regulator was told about the size of businessman Sean Quinn’s holding (...)

Former financial regulator Patrick Neary arriving at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to give evidence today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A “stream of emails” to the financial regulator’s office indicated businessman Seán Quinn had substantial holdings in Anglo Irish Bank in Febru(...)

Witness Patrick Neary, head of the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Thursday. Photograph: Collins Courts

The head of the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority has said he did not know the full extent of businessman Seán Quinn’s holding in Anglo(...)

 Con Horan  arriving at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday for  the trial of three  former Anglo bankers. Photograph: Courtpix

An official from the financial regulator’s office has denied he was “cheerleading” for a deal between Anglo I(...)

 Witness Con Horan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today for the trial of former directors of Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph: Collins Courts

An official from the financial regulator’s office has denied he was “cheerleading” for a deal between Anglo Irish Bank and the Quinn Group, but(...)

On his second day in the witness box, Con Horan, then prudential director at the financial regulator’s office, said the main thrust of a meeting on April 30th held in his office with officials from Anglo was to discuss how the bank might mitigate future problems following a “mini-run” on it in March.

In April 2008, Anglo Irish Bank did not believe it was “like Northern Rock” but believed its problems were “more an Ireland Inc problem than an(...)