Willie McAteer, former director of finance at Anglo Irish Bank, leaves the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Two former Anglo Irish Bank directors will not be sent to jail after a judge said it would be unjust to impri(...)

Judge Martin Nolan: said it was “incredible” that red lights did not go off in the regulator’s office. Photograph:  Collins Courts

In 20 minutes they were free. That was how long it took Judge Martin Nolan to give the biggest white-collar trial ever held in this country an (...)

Robert Heron, leaving the Anglo Irish Bank case at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

In the cast list of the Anglo trial, Robert Heron played an ambiguous role, regularly evoked but never seen. Early on in the 11-week tri(...)

Robert Heron told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court he was not aware money was being lent to 10 wealthy clients – the Maple 10. Photograph: PA

A solicitor who advised Anglo Irish Bank as it planned the “Project Maple” share-buying deal in July 2008 has denied he told the bank it was le(...)

Solicitor Robert Heron leaving after a sentencing hearing of two former Anglo Irish Bank directors  at  Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A solicitor involved with the deal to unwind businessman Sean Quinn’s holding in Anglo Irish Bank has said he did not give any legal advice abo(...)

Pat Whelan, (left) former director of Anglo Irish Bank , and Willie McAteer, former director of finance, were found guilty earlier this month of providing unlawful loans to 10 property developers in July 2008 to buy shares in the bank, contrary to section 60 of the Companies Act. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The sentence hearing for two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank is due to take place this afternoon at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. (...)

Prof Niamh Brennan of UCD: “People need to think very carefully when approached to serve on a board. They need to consider the type of company involved and the type of person they will be working with.”

The decision in the Anglo trial will lead judges to question whether non-executive directors should bear the same responsibili(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank executive Willie McAteer:  As finance director, he  was there for a 15-year stretch of continuous growth and expansion as Anglo became Ireland’s third-biggest bank. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Willie McAteer often listened with his hand to his chin as he sat in the dock over the last 10 weeks. His wife, Marie, was in court every day t(...)

Patarick Neary: In the witness box,    he was implicitly criticised by defence counsel for not taking notes of several key meetings. His recollections were also tested in cross-examination.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The trial provided intriguing, eye-opening insights into the role of the financial regulator, who emerged as a key behind-the-scenes player in (...)

Pat Whelan, former director of Anglo Irish Bank, and Willie McAteer, former director of finance, leave Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after yesterday’s guilty verdicts. Photograph: Eric Luke

Two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank face up to five years in prison after they were found guilty of providing illegal loa(...)