Head of ODCE denies 'fundamental errors' made during Anglo investigations

Ian Drennan

The head of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) has defended the groups role in the Anglo-Irish bank trials.

Ian Drennan is appearing before an Oireachtas committee this evening to discuss the collapse of the trial involving the bank's former CEO Sean FitzPatrick.

The judge was highly critical of the investigation by the ODCE, saying fundamental errors were made.

However, Ian Drennan told the Oireachtas committee this was never suggested in any of its other Anglo-related investigations.

"It is important to place on record that the ODCE's Anglo-related investigation which actually comprised of five separate investigations resulted in four trials all of which resulted in persons being convicted on indictment of criminal offences," said Mr Drennan.

"In the narrative that has followed DPP versus Fitzpatrick sight is sometimes lost of that fact.

"It is also important to note that it has never been suggested in any court that any of these investigations were in any way deficient or below the requisite standard."

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