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Corporate watchdog sends new Anglo investigation files to DPP

The Director of Corporate Enforcement has said his investigation into Anglo’s affairs is now “almost complete”.

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THE DIRECTOR of Corporate Enforcement has confirmed that a number of new files, forming part of his investigation into the affairs behind the collapse of Anglo Irish Bank, have been submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Paul Appleby said the submission of the three files indicating that the “investigative phase” of the probe into the Anglo affairs was “almost complete”.

“The investigation of certain events in the former Anglo Irish Bank Corporation plc continued to dominate much of our work,” Appleby said this morning at the launch of his office’s annual report for 2011.

“While there are some important residual matters on which work is ongoing, the ODCE expects to complete work on these in the near future.”

The submission of the three files so far this year means a total of nine Anglo files have now been sent to the DPP, with eight in the last eighteen months.

Appleby stressed that it was up to the DPP herself, however, to determine what action – if any – would be undertaken in light of the “extensive” investigation files she had been sent.

“Every consideration will also be given to fulfilling any future DPP requests which may be made for additional evidential materials,” he said.

Enterprise minister Richard Bruton welcomed the affirmation, saying the Anglo investigation had been “the biggest and most complex investigation undertaken to date” by the Office of the DCE.

“This is an extremely important investigation and today’s announcement is good news.”

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