1,500 jury summonses to be sent in trial of former Anglo executives

Monday 18 November 2013 21.39
Seán FitzPatrick (above), William McAteer and Pat Whelan are due to go on trial in January next year
Seán FitzPatrick (above), William McAteer and Pat Whelan are due to go on trial in January next year

1,500 potential jurors will be called for selection for the trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank executives. 

Seán FitzPatrick, 64, of Whitshed Road, Greystones; William McAteer, 62, of Auburn Villas, Rathgar; and Pat Whelan, 50, of Coast Road, Malahide have been charged with 16 counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to individuals in July 2008 to buy shares in the bank.

The trial is set to begin in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in January 2014 and is expected to last between three and six months.

Judge Martin Nolan informed the court that 1,500 jury summonses would be sent out with the expectation that 500 people will ultimately attend for the jury empanelling. 

The date for jury selection is set for 10 January 2014 and the trial is due to begin the following week.

Diane Stuart BL, prosecuting, previously alerted the court that the State intends to apply for extra jurors under the amended Juries Act.

The new legislation, which came into effect in July, allows for up to 15 jurors to be sworn in for trials lasting longer than two months, up from the usual allowance of 12 jurors.