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Little known outside of Anglo Irish Bank circles, Bill Barrett was an influential figure in building the bank. He backed business, and left long before the crash

Bill Barrett, who was buried last week, was a key player in building Anglo Irish Bank until his retirement in 2002. Many are in his debt for his assistance at crucial times in their business lives.

23rd Jul, 2020 - 6 min read

It was a small funeral in Donnybrook Parish Church due to Covid-19 restrictions. Bill Barrett, one of the key people in creating Anglo Irish Bank up until 2002, had his funeral there last Tuesday. He was just 73 when he died after an illness.

Mobile phone tycoon Denis O’Brien was in attendance, as was aviation entrepreneur Ulick McEvaddy. Developer Gerry Gannon was also there. Scattered around the aisles in the Church for social distancing reasons at the funeral, which was also streamed online, was a who’s who of senior figures in a bank that was once the most celebrated in Ireland.

There was Tom Browne, co-founder of LeBruin Private, who took...

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