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Friday 14 December 2018

Mystery fire at Sean FitzPatrick's home

GARDAI cannot rule out arson as cause of blaze.

Mystery surrounds a fire at an unoccupied house in the grounds of the home of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick.

Gardai are investigating whether arson may be to blame for the fire, which broke out in a flat-roofed building at the property in Greystones.

Wicklow fire crews rushed to the scene at the end of a lane close to Mr FitzPatrick’s family home, off Whitshed Road, near Greystones Golf Club.

Dublin Fire Brigade received a call at 8.55pm last night.

Anger

Gardai last night confirmed that officers at Bray were |investigating a fire at a derelict |bungalow located at the end of a garden in Greystones.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation today.

The ex-banker stepped down in December 2008 when it emerged he had loans worth €87m with the institution.

Last year, officers from |the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation searched the |Greystones home as part of a continuing operation into alleged financial irregularities.

Mr Fitzpatrick's house has been the focus of much of the public anger directed towards him over the fall of Anglo.

Around 30 placard-wielding protesters marched on the house calling for the former bank boss to be jailed.

However, neighbours say that he is rarely seen at his |Greystones home and is |understood to spend a significant amount of time abroad.

He was declared bankrupt by the High Court last July.

And earlier this year, cameras rolled as the former financier had his black 3-series BMW seized from outside the home.

Anglo Irish Bank will cease to be in existence from October 14 – the merged institution together with INBS will then operate under the new name Irish Bank Resolution |Corporation.

Chairman Alan Dukes said that he hopes that Anglo, which was nationalised in 2009, would be wound down in a shorter period than the 10-year |timeframe set out under the EU-IMF bailout agreement.

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