Ian Drennan

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 Anglo Irish Bank signage: In his decision on Tuesday to tell the jury to acquit Seán FitzPatrick on all charges, the shredding of documents was among the reasons cited by Judge John Aylmer. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Kevin O’Connell got a bad feeling when he noticed the pile of documents in the blue plastic tray on the floor behind him, under the window in his offi(...)

 Former Tánaiste Mary Harney   appointed civil servant, Paul Appleby, to head the office, which was given powers to investigate and prosecute companies and directors. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former tánaiste Mary Harney established the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) in 2001 to tackle growing white collar crime and th(...)

  Solicitor Kevin O’Connell, a legal advisor with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement: He sought psychiatric help after he informed the State legal team he had shredded documents relevant to the trial of former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick. Photograph: Collins Courts.

The spectacular ending of the trial of the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Seán FitzPatrick, has come about in part because documents relevant t(...)

Frances Fitzgerald:  said the acting commissioner had initiated a comprehensive review of An Garda’s capacity to deal with emerging and complex crime, and this would have an important bearing on how the fraud bureau did its work.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she will “carefully consider” any proposals from An Garda Síochána to speed up investigations into w(...)

Remy Farrell SC: the specialist in white-collar crime told the Bar Council annual conference  at the weekend it was a “scandal” that investigators were “at breaking point”, with lack of investment enabling large-scale fraud to go undetected. Photograph: Collins Courts

The State’s regulatory agencies are so stretched by an “endemic” lack of resources that many reports of white-collar crime are not even being read by (...)

The vast majority (78%) of referrals to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, headed by Ian Drennan (pictured) came from liquidators’ reports in 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Twenty-five individuals were disqualified from acting as company directors during 2013, while a further 219 were restricted according to the latest(...)

Director of Corporate Enforcement Ian Drennan: His office issued 198 notices last year to 79 liquidators advising them that they were in default of their statutory reporting obligations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The behaviour of liquidators is set to come under greater scrutiny from the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement as the number of company f(...)

The former headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Work related to Anglo Irish Bank investigation is likely to be a “significant and continuing” feature of the work of the Director of Corporate Enfo(...)

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