Cry Freedom



This afternoon.

The Central Criminal Court, Dublin

Former Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm following his release on €50,000 bail.

The State claimed Mr Drumm was a flight risk but Judge Michael Walsh ruled there was a “constitutional presumption in favour of bail”.

Former Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm released on bail as conditions finalised (RTÉ)

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

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36 thoughts on “Cry Freedom

  1. MoyestWithExcitement

    In fairness, it might be 2 years before his trial. I just wish we treated poor people as 3 dimensional human beings as well. If he liked wearing baseball caps and hold chains, good chance he’d be locked up.

    1. Peter Dempsey

      Hmmm, what about the lads with dozens of convictions for things like assault, robbery, GBH who seem to be in and out of prison? Why don’t they stay locked up? Oh I forgot, they came from poor backgrounds so that excuses everything

  2. Tish Mahorey

    How long you reckon before he gets his passport back and bail terms relaxed? I mean to the wealthy, being confined to the island is like being under house arrest. Poor chap. What about Wimbledon and Cheltenham and a jaunt down to the Med?

  3. ahjayzis

    I don’t see what the fuss is about. He’s a white collar suspect.. It’s not like bankers can actually hurt people like a pickpocket or burglar.

      1. ahjayzis

        Love him or loathe him, Drumm did great things for Ireland. He did the state some service, we know it, no more of that.

    1. Rob_G

      You’re right; judges should apply the law according to how unpopular the accused person is.

      1. ahjayzis

        Laws ascribing custodial sentences for petty theft but suspended sentences for playing a part in the ruination of an entire nation and the retardation of the prospects for MILLIONS OF PEOPLE are bad, imbalanced laws, I think is his point.

        The law is an ass.

    1. Tish Mahorey

      The in-laws. Probably enriched them while the ship was sinking. Last chopper out of Saigon.

  4. Peter Danner

    To be fair, I’d have to give thought myself to whether being locked in confinement in Boston was or was not a better option than being back in Ireland given the publicity around it all. Can you imagine the amount of time the words ‘F*cker’ ‘Scumbag’ ‘C*nt’ (probably a few others but they are the only curse words I know) are flung in his general direction whenever he steps outside the house. Until that is we all somewhat forget about him and he gets to go back to normal, so like 3 weeks from now :)

    1. DubLoony

      He won’t be able to move in his former circles.
      Suggest he moves to somewhere he won’t be known.

      May I suggest Dublin South Central? Ballyfermot end.

    2. Old Bawn

      The rarified Skerries air will be alive with expletives, drowning out the sound of the gulls

      1. Peter Danner

        Oh it will be rampant. My ma even referred to him as a ‘particularly horrible little fupper who should be put to the sword’ recently. She’s only ever used that phrase once before to my mind and that was in reference to me (that was the Christmas we don’t speak of in our house).

    3. 15 cents

      yea, he’ll be forgotten about pretty quickly. but he wont be called any of those names, not where hes living. they’ll all be thrilled to have him back. he’ll probably be in a corporate box for the ireland scotland game next week.

    4. Fairhill

      Would anyone think about Bubba he left behind in the cell in Boston?
      His last utterance when here was about pulling figures out of his ass, and he leaves Boston pulling other things out his ass

      1. Kieran NYC

        HA! Prison rape.

        My, my. That old classic. With a bit of the ‘scary black man called Bubba’ thrown in for good measure.

        Good to see Jim Davidson still has an audience.

  5. ollie

    Trial will start no earlier than 2017. Has he been charged yet? What’s the odds of him getting away under the 10 year rule.
    And why were Tiarnan O’Mahoney and Bernard Daly not brought to court earlier?
    It took the state 12 years to bring these 2 men to court, co-incidence or design?

    1. 15 cents

      yea, and i read today that both of them have just been released, after doing just a year of their sentences. is all they did was appeal, and bam, out they go.

      1. Bonkers

        I’ve heard that Sean Fitzpatrick got a standing ovation in the Law Library a few years back, him and Drummer made the legal eagles plenty of moolah till Derek Quinlan blew his load

      2. Truth in the News

        Who was the original judge, was it Pat McCartin, did he sit in Leinster
        House for the Workers Party once upon a time.

  6. Kolmo

    Iceland jailed their equivalent ponzi-schemers all within a year or two. Clearly using the worryingly short memory of the average voter in the Ireland and the well-placed scribe within certain media circles will protect him better than any bewigged barrister,

  7. Joe Small

    I think we all know that the only jail time he will serve has already been served in the US and that jail time there is serious stuff. That’s why he came home – he knew he would get bail and would be a free man. His legal troubles will be dragged out for a few years but even if he’s found guilty he will be on bail pending an appeal.. All that’s needed is one tiny technicality and he will be off scot free.

  8. Truth in the News

    Slab Murphy case on day of the Election, and Drumm brought back when it well
    out of the way, tell us all who is manuipulating the Judical System for political

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