Calls For Death Penalty To Be Temporarily Reintroduced For Anglo Banker Sentencing


THE NATION has called on the government today to temporarily reintroduce the death penalty for the sentencing of convicted Anglo Irish bankers Pat Whelan and William McAteer.

Yesterday the two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank were found guilty of hatching a multi-million euro loans-for-shares plot months before the bank’s collapse, crippling the entire nation and forcing austerity and thousands abroad for work.

“Hang the fucking cunts.” shouted one man at his TV screen yesterday afternoon. “Actually, scratch that; torture the bastards first and then hang them from O’Connell bridge and show it live on Six-one news. Have Sharon Ní Bheoláin pull the lever.”

Pat Whelan, of Malahide, Co Dublin, who just turned 52, and William McAteer, 63, of Rathgar, Dublin, had denied providing unlawful financial assistance to an elite group of clients to buy Anglo shares from a doomed investor Sean Quinn.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny called for calm across the nation today and urged people to “let the judicial system do its thing”.

Addressing an angry mob outside Leinster house earlier, he said: “Unfortunately, we cannot reintroduce the death penalty for even a second as it would be in breach of EU law.”

The pair were found guilty by unanimous decision on ten counts of providing 450 million euro loans and will face face a maximum of five dog in jail for each offence.