Sean FitzPatrick Trial: White-collar crime not taken seriously

Sean FitzPatrick Trial: White-collar crime not taken seriously
Central criminal court, Dublin

Other countries call in the cops. We call in judges to head protracted inquiries rather than spend money beefing up enforcement agencies

The collapse of Seán FitzPatrick’s trial was a good day for the Greystones man who had cause to celebrate his birthday last week.

It was also a good day for agencies with responsibilities for white collar crime. The collapse of the longest criminal trial in the history of the state, which cost the taxpayer at least €3 million, not including FitzPatrick’s free legal aid, means the flaws in Ireland’s oversight agencies can no...

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