Rathmullan banker sent for trial

The former Finance Director of Anglo Irish bank, who is originally from Rathmullan, has formally been sent forward to face trial in connection with alleged financial irregularities at the bank.

The former Finance Director of Anglo Irish bank, who is originally from Rathmullan, has formally been sent forward to face trial in connection with alleged financial irregularities at the bank.

Donegal man, 61-year-old Willie McAteer, who’s address is at Auburn Villas, Rathgar in Dublin, appeared in a Dublin District Court this week and was returned to face trial in the Circuit Court along side former Bank chairman and chief executive Seán FitzPatrick and former managing director for the bank in Ireland, Patrick Whelan.

Mr McAteer and Mr. Whelan had been charged in July.

All three were presented with books of evidence in relation to the allegations on Monday.

State solicitor, Jane Farrell, told Judge Cormac Dunne the books of evidence, which consisted of three boxes of documents each, were ready to be served on each defendant.

The judge was told that the DPP had consented to them being sent forward for trial on 16 charges each, to the present term of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. The next sitting is in December but its likely the trail will take place at a later date. No indication was give on how the men will plead.

The charges allege that before it was nationalised, the three men permitted the bank to “give unlawful financial assistance” to 16 named individuals for the purpose of, or in connection with, a purchase by the same people of shares in the then Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Plc on dates between July 10 and July 17, 2008.

Mr McAteer’s wife, Maria, stood bail for him in the sum of €10,000.