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Anglo Irish Bank- Drumm’s safe haven in the US could be under threat


FORMER Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm‘s safe haven in the United States could be under threat.

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This comes amid a call on Finance Minister Michael Noonan to seek the assistance of powerful US stock market watchdog, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to probe the bank’s activities in the period leading up to the 2008 crash. Anglo Irish Bank sought to raise $10bn in fresh funding off the back of a medium-term bond offering in July 2008.

While the bond itself was not made available for purchase by US citizens, it was offered to qualified institutional investors through an investment prospectus filed with the Washington DC-based SEC on July 17, 2008.

In the course of the prospectus, Anglo Irish Bank provided potential investors in the bond with financial information drawn from both its 2007 annual report and unaudited figures for the period leading up to March 31, 2008.

In a note accompanying the numbers, the bank stated specifically that the information contained in its prospectus was “in accordance with the facts” and did “not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information”.

That declaration and the figures provided by the bank are now open to question in light of damning revelations about the bank’s activities contained in the notorious Anglo tapes published by the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent in recent weeks.

Fianna Fail finance spokesman Michael McGrath last night called on Mr Noonan to ask the SEC to investigate the bank’s activities.

“Looking at it in the light of all the information that has come into the public domain, questions do need to be asked about the quality of the information Anglo provided in the investment prospectus it produced in the summer of 2008 as it tried to shore up its position. It is immaterial whether or not the bank actually managed to raise the funding,” Mr McGrath told the Sunday Independent.

And as we now know from last week’s revelations in the Irish Independent, by November 2007, two of the bank’s most senior officers were already talking about finding an international analyst to try to put a positive spin on Anglo’s rapidly declining finances.

Mr McGrath added: “Given that Anglo Irish Bank filed the prospectus for its $10bn bond in the United States in July 2008, I would ask the Finance Minister Michael Noonan to make contact with the SEC to explore the possibility of an investigation now being initiated in the US. If Mr Drumm cannot be compelled to return here, perhaps he can be called to account in his new home. Such an investigation could be facilitated by our own Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) given the powers it has under the companies acts to work in co-operation with overseas regulatory authorities. The SEC also enjoys this power.”

via Drumm’s safe haven in the US could be under threat – Independent.ie.

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Anglo Irish Bank- Latest updates


 

Former Anglo Irish Bank boss to stand trial in October 2014
Irish Examiner
Sean FitzPatrick, the former Anglo Irish Bank chairman, will stand trial in October of next year. He faces 12 charges of failing to tell the bank’s auditors the true value loans worth €139m given to him, or people connected to him, by Irish Nationwide 
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Former Anglo Irish Bank boss to stand trial in October 2014
Irish Examiner
Sean FitzPatrick, the former Anglo Irish Bank chairman, will stand trial in October of next year. He faces 12 charges of failing to tell the bank’s auditors the true value loans worth €139m given to him, or people connected to him, by Irish Nationwide 
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Central Bank and regulator ‘egging us on’ – Anglo
Irish Independent
But in the latest Anglo Tapes, head of treasury John Bowe can be heard convincing himself that the Central Bank and Financial Regulator were “effectively egging us on – for Irish banks to help each other”. Mr Bowe planned to craft a document to 
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We are a complete punchbag at this stage, says Drumm
Irish Independent
During the revealing conversations, it is clear that Mr Drumm knows at this stage that the fate ofAnglo and Ireland are now bound together inextricably. But he is obviously more concerned about the survival of his own bank. In this latest tape, Mr 
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Sunday Independent to reveal more Anglo tapes
RTE.ie
Further transcripts of conversations between senior bankers at the defunct Anglo Irish Bank are due to be published by the Sunday Independent. In the recordings, former chief executive David Drumm and the bank’s then head of capital markets John Bowe 
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Clip 16: Shower of Clowns

Irish Independent
Clip 16: Shower of Clowns. Comments. Email; Print; Font Size. Conversation between David Drumm, Chief Executive, Anglo Irish Bank and John Bowe, Director of TreasuryAnglo Irish Bank. Download our Free iPhone App Now · Download our Free Android 
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Dukes suggests Central Bank knew of Anglo tapes in 2008

Irish Times The former senior politician who took over the running of Anglo Irish Bank after it was nationalised has indicated both the Central Bank and the Department of Finance would have been aware of the existence, if not the details, of recordings of senior  See all stories on this topic »

 

Seán Quinn used British Virgin Islands company to invest in Russian development

Irish Times

The offshore company was used several years before Quinn was accused by the former Anglo Irish Bank of using a British Virgin Islands company to put multimillion of euros in assets beyond the reach of the bank. Lawyers for Anglo Irish, now known as  See all stories on this topic »

 

Opinion: Anglo tapes leave job-hunting former staff reeling

Irish Times

But one group of victims now stand doubly victimised – former employees of the old Anglo Irish Bank, who are still on the staff of IBRC. Professionals who had nothing to do with the high-risk approach at the top. People who, quite literally never did  See all stories on this topic »

Anglo Irish Bank-Latest- Anglo Tapes have Castlebar connection


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Noonan warns banks to keep recordings as Anglo tapes probe gets under way
Irish Examiner
Mr Noonan told the Dáil that the IBRC‘s special liquidators were “taking the leaking of this material very seriously”, adding: “The liquidator’s role is to get the maximum sale of assets for the state fromAnglo. They have written to all parties whom 
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Anglo Tapes have Castlebar connection
Mayo News
UNLIKE David Drumm, the former Chief Executive of the now infamous Anglo Irish Bank, Castlebar native Matt Moran was not exactly a household name as the drama of the toxic bank’s meltdown unfolded in recent years. However, the latest recordings in the 
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Tapes unleashed fury that only a thorough probe can really satisfy
Irish Independent
The nation, and much of the international community supporting the nation, is shocked by the Irish Independent’s revelations of the culture of swagger and dishonesty top bankers in Anglo Irish Bankdisplayed before, during, and after the blanket 
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Irish tapes show need for EU bank union
EUobserver.com
A series of taped conversations between executives at the now defunct AngloIrish bank gleefully discussing how they put the Irish government (not to mention the rest of Europe) on the hook for their losses cast a shadow over their last week in the 
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Banks warned over bailout tapes
Irish Independent
The minister said a parliamentary inquiry into the banking collapse may examine electronic data saved from all the banks involved in the bailout – and not just those unearthed from the toxic lenderAnglo Irish Bank. “It is practice always to record 
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We’ll help gardai with probe, says Bank governor
Irish Independent
THE Central Bank is examining whether Anglo Irish Bank “deliberately misrepresented” its position when it sought taxpayer support in 2008, according to the Governor Patrick Honohan. Also in this section. Banks tipped to sell €5bn property loans at huge 

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Anglo Tapes: Anatomy of the Bank that broke Ireland
Irish Independent
Anglo Tapes: Anatomy of the Bank that broke Ireland. Comments. Email; Print; Font Size. The Anglo Tapes have delivered a riveting insight into the bowels of Anglo Irish Bank during the financial crisis that toppled the State. Tom Lyons, Deputy Business 
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Anglo Irish Bank – Updates


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Honohan – Anglo Tapes could lead to criminal prosecutions

Irish Independent
The development comes as the Irish Independent has learned the Director of Public Prosecutions is close to determining whether disgraced Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm will face criminal charges here, it is understood. In his first 
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US firm of disgraced former Anglo boss shut by authorities

THE US firm set up by disgraced former Anglo Irish Bank boss David Drumm has been dissolved after he failed to file any company records over the last two years. read full article

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Ireland President Michael D Higgins slams those involved with the Anglo Irish 

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Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins has slammed the content of the infamous Anglo Irish Banktapes and claimed those responsible do not speak for the Irish people. The President was cheered when he made the remarks at a community garden party at his 
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Noonan: Sanctions against anyone who fails to cooperate with banking inquiry

Irish Independent
Minister Noonan made his comments in Limerick today where he agreed that the former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm should co-operate, if he is part of any inquiry. The under fire former chief of Anglo has apologised for using 
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Family defend Lenihan after Drumm attack on Anglo Tapes

Irish Independent
The tapes reveal that former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm wanted to “punch” the former finance minister in frustration during the banking crisis. Ms O’Rourke said the comments displayed an attitude that Mr Lenihan did not succumb to.
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Anglo tapes: Department of Finance records may provide answers to disturbing 

Irish Times
 be possible to forward legally privileged documents. Amid the drip-feed of information from Anglo, the wait continues for the full story of what really went on when the people of Ireland took on the debts of a crippled banking system. Tue, Jul 2 
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Matt Cooper attacked by Drumm for Haughey comparison

Irish Independent
At the time, Cooper wrote: “It doesn’t help when David Drumm, the Anglo Irish Bank boss who was paid €5.9m last year, says that the Irish people are realistic and would tighten their belts when they had to. “Remember the hypocrisy of Charlie Haughey 
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Fionnan Sheahan: Apologies are all well and good – but Drumm must face the 

Irish Independent
How did Anglo Irish Bank manage to get into a position where it would require a state bank guarantee, an injection, nationalisation and liquidation – contributing to the country as a whole needing a bailout, which is inflicting pain on every citizen in 
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Time for Drumm to return and face questions after ‘sorry’


Herald.ie
Five things to do. It comes after former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive Mr Drumm apologised for the language and tone of the Anglo tapes – but not for the lender’s role in the economic crisis. His expressions of remorse and regret have been brushed 
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‘Lenihan acted in Ireland’s interests unlike Taoiseach’

Herald.ie
The former Fianna Fail TD was also fiercely critical of Taoiseach Enda Kenny for saying there was an “axis of collusion” between her party and Anglo Irish Bank. In the latest revelations from the Anglo Tapes, former Anglo CEO Mr Drumm said he wanted to 
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We’ll help gardai with probe, says Bank governor

THE Central Bank is examining whether Anglo Irish Bank “deliberately misrepresented” its position when it sought taxpayer support in 2008, according to the Governor Patrick Ho read full article

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Ministers fear inquiry will prejudice future trials

CABINET ministers are worried about an Oireachtas banking inquiry, or witnesses before it, jeopardising any cases against former Anglo Irish Bank officials.read full article

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Anglo Irish Bank- Update From Home and Away


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Anglo tapes: Department of Finance records may provide answers to disturbing questions

Background: The secret paper trail may come to light as political pressure builds read full article

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Irish politicians ultimately to blame for Irish property crash and burn
IrishCentral
The BBC among others gave prominent coverage to Drumm’s apology for the nasty language on the now infamous tapes and also focused on his call for a new inquiry into what happened when Ireland gave complete guarantees to Irish banks at the height of 

Irish banking tapes strengthen Merkel’s hand
MarketWatch
The leaked recordings, made shortly after the Irish authorities agreed on a blanket guarantee for sixIrish banks in September 2008 amounting to 250% of Irish gross domestic product, were published last week by the Irish independent newspaper. Reuters.

Allied Irish Banks seen as reckless as Anglo calls reveal
Financial Times
“They [Bank of Ireland] think that Allied have played fast and loose with lending money to every cowboy in town – apart from ourselves also lending money to every cowboy in town,” John Bowe, Anglo Irish’s former head of capital markets, told David 

Anglo Irish Bank’s ex-CEO David Drumm Apologises for ‘Inappropriate 

IBTimes.co.uk
Defunct Anglo Irish Bank’s former chief David Drumm apologised for ‘inappropriate language’ and tone used in secret phone call recordings between executives, which some have suggested, wilfully misled the government over the financial health of the 
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Micheál Martin: ‘There is no mystery about what happened on the night of the bank guarantee’

The Fianna Fáil leader has defended the actions of his predecessors in an interview this morning. read full article

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Anglo recordings may lead to a less polite banking inquiry

Irish Times
Some money for the Irish banks is only a sideshow to the bigger debate about austerity and the role of the ECB. Paradoxically, it would seem from reports over the weekend that the Germans are turning the Anglo tapes to their advantage, putting them 
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Day one: Clip 1 – The Central Bank Meeting

Irish Independent
Comments. Email; Print; Font Size. Conversation between John Bowe, Head of Capital Markets,Anglo Irish Bank, and Peter Fitzgerald, Director of Retail Banking, Anglo Irish Bank. Download our Free iPhone App Now. Download our Free Android App Now.
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Report: Former Anglo Irish head regrets tone in bank rescue calls

Europe Online Magazine
Transcripts of the call were released last week by the Irish Independent, prompting outrage. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the conversations “unbearable,” especially one in which a banker begins humming Germany’s World War II-era anthem 
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Lisa McInerney: We tolerate cute hoors, we end up with Anglo tape types

Our capacity for putting up with ‘charismatic’ cowboys is no longer a bad national joke – it’s our national downfall. read full article

thejournal.ie

Drumm breaks silence in US to say ‘sorry’

FORMER Anglo chief executive David Drumm has denied there was any attempt by the bank to mislead the Central Bank and the regulator about the state of its financial woes. read full article

independent.ie

Fianna Fáil told: “Come clean on Anglo Tapes” – Local

Sinn Féin finance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty TD, commenting on the latest revelations from the Irish Independent about the Anglo Irish Banks’ executives taped telephone conversations, says Fianna… read full article

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‘AIB and Anglo lending to every cowboy in town’

Allied Irish Bank was viewed by its main competitor as lending money to “every cowboy in town”, senior bankers reveal in the Anglo Tapes. read full article

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Drumm says bank guarantee not sought

Former Anglo chief executive claims Irish public being ‘misled’ by leaked tapes read full article

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Anglo Irish Bank- Latest updates from far and Wide


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Merrill Lynch Wanted Anglo Irish Bank Shut, Reveals New Recording

IBTimes.co.uk
American-investment bank Merrill Lynch, external advisor to the Brian Cowen-led Irish government in 2008 and former corporate broker to now defunct Anglo Irish Bank (AIB), had recommended that the bank be shut down. The latest set of tapped phone 
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Irish banker apologises for taped comments
Reuters
Anglo Irish ex-CEO made light of bank bailout. * In first public comments, Drumm says regrets tone and language. * Tapes prompted outrage in Ireland, criticism in EU. DUBLIN, June 30 (Reuters) – AnIrish banker taped saying he would demand cash from 
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The Quinn connection
Irish Independent
In the chaos, its executives believe that the reason their bank is failing is the country’s richest man,Sean Quinn, who has taken a gigantic bet on Anglo. In this section of the Anglo Tapes, John Bowe, the bank’s head of treasury, and Matt Moran, the 
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Cowen decision proof of FF’s cosy relationship with Anglo, says FG TD
Irish Independent
The decision taken by then Taoiseach Brian Cowen to ignore the advice of his external advisers is further proof of the cosy relationship that existed between “Fianna Fáil, their developer friends andAnglo Irish Bank,” Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy claimed 
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Anglo Tapes: Anatomy of the bank that broke Ireland
Irish Independent (blog)
The Anglo Tapes have delivered a riveting insight into the bowels of Anglo Irish Bank during the financial crisis that toppled the State. For the first time the public can feel what it was like to be some of the key men behind the fall of a bank which 
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New Tape Recordings Reveal Brazen Chicanery At Irish Bank That Soaked Its 
Forbes
Shocking tape recordings released this week display the heads of Anglo Irish Bank, the private bank favored by the wealthiest speculators and property developers behind the Irish boom, literally laughing about the subterfuges they played straight 
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Inside Anglo: Secret recordings expose strategy that sank Ireland
Irish Independent
Latest Videos. Listen: Clip 11(a) – Punch. Conversation between David Drumm, Chief Executive,Anglo Irish Bank and John Bowe, Director of Treasury, Anglo Irish Bank on December 15th, 2008. Clip 13: Moran on Quinn. Conversation between John Bowe, 
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‘Impossible to stomach’: Merkel slams Irish bankers who fudged bailout figures
RT (blog)
The internally-recorded phone calls, published earlier this week, reveal how two Anglo Irish bankexecutives misled the Central Bank of Ireland that Anglo bank required 7 billion euro to prevent its collapse. Anglo’s losses reached 30 billion euro 
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Further revelations from bank tapes
Belfast Telegraph
The former taoiseach’s government refused to shut down the AngloIrish Bank despite warnings from their external financial advisers, Merrill Lynch, that the institution was a “basket case”, the latest batch of recordings published in the Irish 
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Anglo Irish Bank – Latest


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Kenny bows down before his masters

 

 

LAST week, Enda Kenny effectively quit as Taoiseach. When the Anglo recordings surfaced and the giggles of gobshite Irish bankers reverberated across Europe, his duty as Taoiseach was c read full article

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Anglo executives discussed pressurising Lenihan

Senior executives from Anglo Irish Bank discussed putting pressure on the then Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan in December 2008 in the latest recordings to emerge from the Anglo tapes, which are published in tomorrow’s Sunday Independent.read full article

rte.ie

Anglo Irish Bank faces claim of €1bn ‘overcharging’
Irish Independent
At least one case has been rejected by the Irish courts under the IBRC Liquidation Act that requires lawsuits to be approved by the High Court. An appeal to the Supreme Court is being considered. The liquidation means that the IBRC liquidator can take 
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Further revelations from bank tapes

Fresh revelations in the Anglo-tapes scandal about Brian Cowen‘s administration shows his party was willing to save the failing bank at any cost, his political opponents claimed. read full article

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Fomer Anglo Irish Bank chief David Drumm apologizes, says inquiry needed on bank guarantee

Fomer Anglo Irish Bank chief David Drumm apologizes, says inquiry needed on bank guaranteeread full article

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Drumm said he would ‘probably punch’ Brian Lenihan on Anglo Tapes

It has emerged that the former CEO of Anglo Irish Bank David Drumm said he would read full article

breakingnews.ie

Drumm: They seem to be disproportionately angry at us

David Drumm believed that the Fianna Fáil-led Government’s external advisors Merrill Lynch were ‘disproportionately angry’ with Anglo Irish Bank. read full article

breakingnews.ie

Anglo Tapes: Anatomy of the bank that broke Ireland

The Anglo Tapes have delivered a riveting insight into the bowels of Anglo Irish Bank during the financial crisis that toppled the State. read full article

independent.ie

Drumm claimed Merrill wanted Anglo nationalised immediately

FG says decision to ignore advice is evidence of cosy relationship between FF, developers and Anglo read full article

irishtimes.com

German finance minister slams Irish bankers as ‘aloof super humans’

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble slammed Irish bankers caught on tape joking about a bailout, calling them “aloof super humans” worthy of contempt… read full article

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‘Avarice and utter contempt’ in latest Anglo recordings 

Senior executives from Anglo Irish Bank discussed putting pressure on the then Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan in December 2008 in the latest recordings to emerge from the Anglo tapes. read full article

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Anglo Irish Bank Update Plus Other Irish News


O’Brien’s Digicel loses out in Burma

Winners of sought-after licences include Norway’s Telenor read full article

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Anglo bankers believed they could force an outcome at expense of State

Leaked recordings reveal bankers thought they could fool regulators read full article

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Tapes show Anglo Irish boss demands
Belfast Telegraph
Anglo Irish Bank bosses were ordered to go down to the Central Bank with “arms swinging” to demand a multibillion-euro taxpayer bailout, latest leaked tapes reveal. Also in this Section. Man quizzed over double murder · Fast-growing firms create 90 
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German media fury at jibes of Anglo bankers
Irish Times
On Tuesday morning Dan Mulhall, the Irish Ambassador to Germany, gave an upbeat assessment of Ireland’s economic recovery and its EU presidency on Germany’s equivalent of RTÉ Radio 1. Just 24 hours later, he had a far less pleasant task: sending an 

Anglo revelations ‘stomach churning’ says Varadkar
Irish Times
Revelations of the behaviour and attitude of Anglo-Irish Bank executives before and after the introduction of the bank guarantee in September 2008 were stomach churning, the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, has said. Speaking in Dublin as he 

Complaint filed with gardai over Anglo executives

Anti-austerity campaigners ask for three senior bankers to be charged read full article

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Prostitution Law » Bock The Robber

This proposed prostitution law is going to run into the same problems as all the other attempts to deal with the subject because it’s fundamentally not amenable to logic. I personally find the notion of prostitution revolting, but that’s not a reason to ban it.  I also find Youth Defence,  Bono and Fianna Fáil repulsive […]read full article

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Norris rejects call to criminalise purchase of sex

Independent Senator also criticises Taoiseach over Seanad abolition proposal read full article

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Europe expects Ireland to exit bailout without a deal for AIB and the Bank of Ireland

Connection between Ireland’s sovereign and banking debts remains intact read full article

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Ireland slips back into recession 

Ireland is officially back in recession after the government’s planned export-led recovery took a hammering. read full article

irishecho.com.au

Irish economy back in recession amid exports slump
Financial Times
The bad news comes after shocking revelations this week about Irish bankers’ attitudes to the billions of taxpayers’ money used to rescue the banks at the start of Ireland’s financial crisis. “The economy is still ‘flatlining’ and net exports are a 

ESB staff anger over €400m pension move

Trustees chairman warns payment to Government puts scheme under severe financial strain read full article

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Quinn family fight against Anglo closest yet to banking inquiry

Material given to the Quinn family, in its battle with the former Anglo Irish Bank, indicates what would be revealed in a banking inquiry read full article

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Varadkar says new abortion referendum would have to be about more than suicide

Minister asks FG colleagues to reflect on Bill before voting against it read full article

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Timmins to vote against abortion Bill

Fine Gael TD for Wicklow to join two others and break Government ranks read full article

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Banks can no longer ‘kick the can down the road’ on mortgage crisis, says Minister

Central Bank code on mortgage arrears a ‘charter for home repossessions’, FF says read full article

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Anglo Irish Bank- Latest updates from Home and Abroad


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Irish central bank probes tapes
South China Morning Post
“Any suggestion that the taxpayer was lured into bailing out Anglo Irish Bank under a false impression about the state of the bank’s financial condition is deeply disturbing and has to be fully investigated by the authorities,” said its finance 
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Absence of women fuelled Gordon Gekko ‘greed is good’ culture – Independent.ie

THERE is something missing from the Anglo Tapes in all their tawdry, almost satirical glory. That missing something is women. read full article

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Bank’s shame taints Ireland in media all over the world

THE Anglo Tapes scandal continued to snowball around the world, with former manager John Bowe’s recital of ‘Deutschland Uber Alles’ and former chief executive David Drumm’s comments tha read full article

independent.ie

How bankers planned policy of deception

THE latest Anglo Tapes were recorded on September 19, 2008. read full article

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Kenny meets Merkel for talks as her party colleagues rage

ENDA Kenny spoke with Angela Merkel yesterday – but the mounting fury in Germany over the revelations in the Anglo Tapes was not discussed. read full article

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The Anglo Tapes has made the front page of this German tabloid

And another German newspaper says that Anglo bankers and others should be put in sack and beaten. read full article

thejournal.ie

Irish central bank probes whether tapes show rule-breaking

Globe and Mail
Ireland’s central bank will investigate whether tapes of senior bankers laughing at regulators contain evidence rules were broken during the 2008 rescue of failed lenders that eventually led to the country’s EU bailout. In a statement on Wednesday, the 
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Anglo Irish Bank German comments are ‘unbearable,’ Angela Merkel ally

Irish Independent
GERMAN people are disgusted and offended at reported comments that show executives at the failed Anglo Irish Bank Corp targeted German deposits and one banker singing ‘Deutschland ueber alles,’ a German lawmaker has told Bloomberg news.
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Drumm: ‘Another day, another billion’

In the hours leading up to the bank guarantee in September 2008, the CEO of Anglo, David Drumm, joked about the haemorrhage of cash from the bank.read full article

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Fresh questions over Drumm’s public statements on bank’s finances

FRESH questions have been raised about public declarations by then chief executive David Drumm that Anglo Irish Bank was solvent and profitable in late 2008, after the Irish Independent read full article

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Anglo Irish Bank’s John Bowe and Peter Fitzgerald Defend Secret Phone Call 
IBTimes.co.uk
The Anglo Irish Bank bosses, who were secretly taped on the phone, have categorically denied that they deliberately misled the government and regulators about the financial health of the group, prior to the huge bailout that brought Ireland’s economy 

Irish central bank probes whether tapes show rule-breaking
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Public outrage is growing in Ireland after a newspaper published transcripts of taped telephone conversations between executives of the now-defunct Anglo Irish Bank, wrecked when a property bubble burst in 2008 after years of reckless lending. Rescuing 

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Dublin plans Anglo Irish inquiry amid public anger
Financial Times
Dublin aims to set up a public inquiry into the banking crash in the autumn in response to deep public anger caused by the broadcast of taped phone calls suggesting Anglo Irish Bank deliberately misled the previous government into supporting the lender 
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James Moore: Irish are not laughing at bankers’ crude jokes
The Independent
Outlook Yesterday provided yet more evidence of the depths to which the banking industry sank during the lead-up to and during the crisis. The fact that it came from across the Irish Sea doesn’t make it any less relevant. Senior executives at Anglo 
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Irish bankers joke over bailout at EU’s expense
The Independent
It was not just generous Irish taxpayers being mocked by the bailout-hungry executives at AngloIrish Bank. New recordings leaked yesterday showed them laughing at the German government as it pumped billions of euros in to shore up the stricken bank.
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Anglo Irish Bank scandal: ‘we are offended’ says German politician
The Guardian
The behaviour of the Anglo Irish executives has turned them into national hate figures in the Republic and now, it appears, also in the country which has supplied most of Europe’s money to prop up not only the Irish banking system but also the entire 
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Is the Deal on Anglo Debt done and is it the minimum we were expecting?


 

As the government continues to talk about the likelihood of a debt deal on the Anglo promissory notes, members of the last government suggested that the deal was far more likely than was being suggested.

Yesterday Richard Boyd Barrett was quick to point out that while the government may ‘cobble’ together some form of deal it was the content and effects of the deal that would be in question. All sources seem agreed that what the government will be looking for is an extension of the loan period, most likely over 40 years to ease the repayment schedule. This news will disappoint some who hoped for a write off of debt and others who have argued that a much longer loan period is necessary in order to have a real impact on the economy.

Speaking to me yesterday one Fine Gael backbencher said that he would be ‘highly surprised’ if the government did not secure a deal at this point as he understood that many of the items had already been agreed in principle and it was only a matter of ‘ironing out the details.’

Meanwhile a number of those involved with the last government have confirmed that it is their belief that a deal has already been agreed in principle. One former minister said ‘I believe the deal is done and that it is now only a matter of timing and details over the length of term of the repayment.’ He said that he thought it ‘unlikely’ that the government would have raised the issue of a deal without knowing that it was very much on the table.

However, some controversy arose about how much negotiation was actually involved, with sources from the previous administration suggesting that a deal on the promissory notes at Anglo had always been the understanding and that this was no change from the agreed policy at the outset and therefore no change in negotiation tack. Another former minister said to me that ‘the only real surprise is why this has taken so long, but that is not necessarily the governments fault, what we do know however, is that this deal was always on the table.’

A source very close to the late Brian Lenihan said ‘we came under tremendous pressure to enter into a structured scheme of support’. He went on to say that Jean Claude Trichet had given very solemn assurances that there would be some relief for Ireland down the road because the initial terms had to be so onerous. This is backed up by at least 3 other sources from the cabinet who confirmed that they were led to believe at the time that once they signed up it was with a clear understanding that Ireland ‘would be looked after’ at a later date. They also suggest that the idea of a straightforward extension of the term was the very minimum that would be expected.

Dan Boyle of the Green party shares this view saying that all of the initial efforts were understood to be about ‘buying time’. He says that there was always a belief that ‘meeting the full bill’ was not really possible. However, once the economy showed signs of stabilising and some control had returned that a renegotiation of the debt was going to happen. He too says that he was led to believe that the whole area of ‘unsecured bondholders’ would be looked at as this was something that had been covered at the insistence of the ECB and Ireland was given no choice on. He fears that the government has now ‘oversold’ the proposed debt deal and that a simple loan extension will not meet Ireland’s requirements.

A source very close to Brian Lenihan says that there was a ‘clear expectation’ that something would happen later to reduce the burden on Ireland. All sources were at pains last night to say that they do not wish to get into direct conflict with the government and that at this moment the priority is that the country is put first. However, they argue that they have been disappointed at the governments portrayal of the negotiations as something new; ’They are hyping a deal that is meant to be in some way different to what we were doing, that is not the case’ said one, while another suggested that ‘irrespective of who was in government this is the minimum that had to happen, given the assurances received at the time.’

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen seemed to hint at this previously in an address he made in Washington where he said ‘The next reform must involve a deal on Anglo Irish Bank promissory notes.’ In this address Cowen argued that the whole idea of promissory notes was founded firstly on the fact that it was too expensive to borrow on the markets but secondly ‘promissory notes are a form of debt that can be restructured at some future date without running the risk of triggering default clauses in other types of government debt. Had we initially recapitalised Anglo using regular government debt, we would have shut the door on any possible deal on debt in the future.’

Pointing to this former cabinet members are saying that Ireland and the EU were taking a very cautious approach and dealing with the crisis ‘as we went’ on both sides. They suggest that the entire structure of the deal has always meant that the issue of the Promissory notes at Anglo would be looked at. On this basis it seems likely that it was never a case of ‘if’ but rather ‘when’ Ireland would get the deal that is now on offer. The restructuring of this debt seems to have been a carrot that the EU held out from the beginning as a promise to Ireland for assisting in avoiding a contagion that they feared at the time. If this is the case then it would appear that a simple loan extension will not be a negotiating victory but merely another minimalist step on the original path agreed. Rather than a genuine result of hard negotiations it could well be a case of Ireland just awaiting the moment the EU was prepared to move.

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Time to hold Ireland’s ‘elite’ accountable for this terrible mess


The Debt Justice Action (DJA) campaign, of which I am a part, has just lodged an application with the Guinness Book of Records to recognise Ireland as having the world’s most expensive ever bank bailout.

A video accompanying the application can be viewed below.  The satirical intent behind the project is well captured by DJA member Diarmuid O’Flynn: “We’ve had a difficult few years here in Ireland.  Between the collapse of the banking system; Jedward at the Eurovision; and 1-6 at home to Germany, our reputation on the world stage is in tatters. That may be about to change”.

Supporters of the campaign are being urged to send the video to all TDs under the slogan of ‘credit where credit is due’.  As development educator Vicky Donnelly puts it, “we should not forget to acknowledge those in positions of power, like TDs and Ministers and the Irish Central Bank – none of this would be possible without them.” In fact, the group inaugurated their bid last week with a presentation of flowers and a card to Patrick Honohan, governor of the Irish Central Bank, who personally accepted the tokens in honour of the invaluable role played by that institution in the world record attempt.

Now all of this is obviously tongue in cheek, but serious points are being made also, one of which is the responsibility of politicians and senior civil servants for the mess we are in.  A small number of bankers are facing criminal charges (the cases are proceeding at a snail’s pace) but not one person responsible for regulation (or the lack of it) has been called to account. In fact, in many cases they have been rewarded.

Take the example of Kevin Cardiff, as documented by the Cantillon columnist in the Irish Times of 26 November 2011.  According to that column, a strange thing happened over the St Patrick’s weekend in March 2006.  The Revenue Commissioners decided they were going to levy stamp duty on the purchase of company stocks using so-called ‘contracts for difference’ (CFDs).  CFDs allow people to buy shares in a company while only paying a fraction of the cost up-front, borrowing the rest and betting that a rising share price will allow a handy profit to be made – because under the contract the seller agrees to pay the buyer the difference between the current value of the share and the value when the contract comes to an end. This is how Sean Quinn built up his huge stake in Anglo Irish Bank.

The Irish financial sector went ballistic over Revenue’s actions and took their grievances to Mr Cardiff, then working in the tax policy section of the Department of Finance.  Cardiff listened sympathetically and wrote a note to his Minister (Brian Cowen at the time) saying that the proposed change “was causing consternation in the market for Irish shares” and that the suffering sector would be forced to move its business to London or elsewhere if Dublin continued to squeeze the life out of it.  Cowen took his official’s advice and scrapped Revenue’s proposal. On 30 March Tom Healy, chairman of the Irish Stock Exchange wrote to Cardiff as follows: “Kevin, I would like to thank you for getting the CFD problem resolved.  We had the very clear impression that you were the one who fixed it.  I will contact you soon to propose lunch”.

Now it is entirely possible that Quinn would still have built up his ultimately catastrophic shareholding in Anglo even if the stamp duty on CFDs had been kept in place and that the state (in the form of Anglo’s successor the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation) would still be pursuing Quinn for money he owes us (on the grounds that we now own Anglo). But it is also possible that the duty would at least have slowed this form of speculation and spared us some of the costs we are now bearing. So, overall, this was probably not a particularly good call by Cardiff.  Not that he personally lost out as a result: doubtless he had a nice lunch with Mr Healy, but his more tangible reward was to be made head of the Department of Finance, in which capacity he advised on the economy-wrecking bank guarantee of September 2008.  Again, this did not derail his glittering career and in 2011 the Fine Gael-Labour government nominated him as Irish representative to the European Court of Auditors, a position he ultimately secured despite understandable reservations on the part of some European Parliamentarians.

This saga tells us a number of important things.  One is the intimate links between the Irish financial sector and the senior civil servants who were supposed to be regulating it (not pandering to its demands), links that remain institutionalised today.  Another is the aforementioned impunity, or even reward, enjoyed by those who screwed up at the top decision-making levels.  Even the much criticised former Financial Regulator, Pat Neary, got a pay-off of €630,000 when he was forced to retire in January 2009 – and a pension on top of that of €143,000 a year; this for a man whose idea of regulating the sector was to say that he operated on the basis of “mutual trust between ourselves and the industry”.

But another thing the Cardiff debacle tells us is this: the current government is perfectly happy to go along with protecting and promoting those who helped wreck our economy.  And one reason for that is that the intimate links that bind together bankers, politicians and senior civil servants were not, and are not, confined to one political party.  Consider the case of current Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan (also the Minister for Not Housing Travellers). He personally received ‘soft’ loans of almost €900,000 from the head of the Irish Nationwide Building Society Michael Fingleton.  Fingleton gave Hogan the wherewithal to buy a house in Dublin 4 and a luxury apartment in Portugal with loans to initially be repaid on an interest-only basis and, in the case of one of the deals, very little of the paperwork one might normally expect.  So do you think Hogan is now going to be pushing his cabinet colleagues to launch a serious investigation into the roots of the Irish banking crash?  When he benefited personally from the reckless lending practices that sowed the seeds of disaster?

The Irish financial, political and civil service elite got us into a terrible economic mess.  But they have not been made to pay for their sins of commission or omission. Nor are they even now being held to account by the media (never mind the courts).  Instead, they are allowed to make deeply misleading statements and get away with them; for example, ministers are now routinely claiming that the Anglo promissory note of €3.06 billion was not paid in March of this year, when in fact it was paid in full. The Government borrowed the €3.06 billion from Nama. Following this, Nama passed this debt to Bank of Ireland, so now, instead of owing €3.06 billion as a promissory note, which might easily have been written off, the state owes the same amount to Bank of Ireland in the form of a sovereign bond, which is much harder to write off.  And this is the type of disastrous ‘deal’ the government is now seeking for the entirety of this illegitimate debt.

Going back to the world record attempt, the only comparable bank-related record listed by Guinness concerns the removal of $70 million from the Banco Central in Brazil in 2005.  In that case, people removed large sums of cash from a bank, whereas the money in Ireland’s record-breaking attempt has been going in the opposite direction.   What the two records do have in common is that the money has yet to be recovered and the culprits remain at large, not alone showing no remorse whatsoever but continuing to actively scam the general public.  We have let them away with it for far too long.

via Irish Politics, Current Affairs and Magazine Archive – Politico.ie | Time to hold Ireland’s ‘elite’ accountable for this terrible mess.

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