Paul Appleby

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Ian Drennan said he “remained available to assist the committee in whatever way possible and would attend before the committee on whatever date specified in due course.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

The Director of Corporate Enforcement, the State’s company watchdog, may appear before an Oireachtas committee this year in what would be a first appe(...)

The action by the ODCE against INM marks a serious escalation of its investigation into its affairs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónail

It is not every day that the Republic’s corporate watchdog confirms its intention to seek the appointment of a High Court inspector to a company. That(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick leaving court after he was found not guilty of 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act. Photograph: Courtpix

In February 2010, the then director of corporate enforcement Paul Appleby drafted a memo on how the criminal investigations into Anglo Irish Bank and (...)

The Seán FitzPatrick trial was the longest criminal trial in the history of the State at 126 days and  is expected to cost €3 million. Photograph:  Collins

The collapse of the Seán FitzPatrick trial was a bad day for the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE). However, calls for its abolit(...)

Politicians in Opposition are always vociferous in their demands for more resources for agencies that clamp down on corporate “baddies”. Photograph: Getty Images

The first director of corporate enforcement, Paul Appleby, appeared to annoy the then taoiseach Bertie Ahern when he complained in the mid-2000s his o(...)

  Seán FitzPatrick: A judge has   ruled that a State agency tried to “build or construct” a criminal case against the former Anglo chairman. Will he sue? Photograph:   Collins Courts

The acquittal of Seán FitzPatrick this week because the case against him involved a “biased” and “partisan” investigation conducted by the Office of t(...)

Paul Appleby, former director of corporate enforcement, in 2011. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former director of corporate enforcement Paul Appleby has declined to comment on whether he will co-operate with a report ordered into the agency’s ro(...)

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick leaves Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, with his daughter Sarah. Photograph: Collins Courts

The State agency set up to tackle white-collar crime is under severe pressure after the judge in the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman, Seán F(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick originally faced 27 charges. Photograph: Collins

This morning, the jury in the retrial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick will be directed by trial judge John Aylmer to acquit him. (...)

 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(...)

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