Wednesday, January 23 12:36:56
January 2014 has been set as a preliminary date for the trials of three former executives of Anglo Irish: former chairman Sean FitzPatrick, former finance director Willie McAteer and former managing director of the bank in Ireland Pat Whelan.
All three appeared before the Circuit Court in Dublin this morning with Judge Mary Ellen Ring presiding.
The court heard that 24 million documents may have to be considered in relation to the case.
Counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions, Una Ni Raifeartaigh, told the court that disclosure, which was ongoing, was "particularly complex" in this case.
She said time was required for the defence to absorb the high level of material which the prosecution would provide.
The judge said she was of a mind to fix a date for trial in the first term of 2014, adding that, by doing so, it would bring "some structure" to the case.
The judge set a provisional trial date of January 13th 2014 and put the case in for mention again on March 6th.