Friday 21 October 2016

Drumm loses bid to change bail conditions

David Drumm
David Drumm

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm has lost a bid to have his bail conditions changed, with a judge ruling it is "not unreasonable" that he should sign on at a garda station every day.

Mr Drumm appeared before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, where his solicitor applied to reduce his signing-on conditions to once a week instead of once daily.

Mr Drumm (49), with an address in Skerries, Co Dublin, has been charged with 33 counts under two separate bills concerning alleged offences committed at the bank, which is now defunct.

He is facing two trials - the first has been set for April next year and the second is due to take place in January 2018.

The court heard Mr Drumm is required to sign on daily at Balbriggan Garda Station as part of his bail conditions. His solicitor, Aoife Corridan, told the court this takes about an hour every day, which she said was a "significant burden". Ms Corridan requested that Mr Drumm instead be allowed to sign on once a week.

Prosecution barrister Sinead McGrath, BL, said Mr Drumm's signing-on conditions had already been relaxed from twice daily to once daily after his last court appearance in April. She noted that the court previously heard submissions that he posed a "serious flight risk".

"We feel there is a continuous pushing of boundaries in relation to this," Ms McGrath said. "The signing-on conditions are not unduly onerous."


Judge Martin Nolan noted that it was unlikely that Mr Drumm could leave the State "without somebody noticing".

"Mr Drumm is one of the best-known Irishmen in this State," he said. However, he said gardai requirements that Mr Drumm sign on daily were "not unreasonable at this particular time and in this particular case" and denied the application.

Mr Drumm is facing two charges of conspiring to defraud depositors and investors at Anglo by "dishonestly" creating the impression that deposits in 2008 were €7.2 billion larger than they were. He faces one additional charge in relation to the EU transparency directive.

Mr Drumm also faces 16 counts of offering unlawful financial assistance to members of businessman Sean Quinn's family and 10 other individuals.

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