A CO Donegal businessman has appeared in court in Dublin charged with various offences relating to his role at Anglo Irish Bank.
Former finance director Willie McAteer from Rathmullan but with an address at Auburn Villas, Rathgar in Dublin, and Patrick Whelan, former managing director of the bank in Ireland, from Malahide, north Dublin were both charged today.
They are accused of permitting Anglo to give financial assistance to Patricia Quinn, her five adult children and ten senior clients of the bank who became known as the ”Maple ten”, to enable them all to buy shares in the bank.
It is the third time gardaí have detained Mr McAteer, aged 61,. He was questioned twice in 2010 and 2011 by detectives from the Fraud Bureau.
Originally from Rathmullan, Mr McAteer was granted bail until October 8 by Judge Cormac Dunne with conditions including a 1,000 euro bond of his own and a €10,000 cash surety from wife Maria, who was also in court.
Dublin District Court heard he was arrested in Rathcoole this morning and made no reply to the charges.
The former banker was ordered to hand in his passport.
In all both men faced 16 different charges relating to alleged financial irregularities.