Bank of Ireland fined 3.2 million euros over money laundering controls

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's central bank has fined Bank of Ireland BKIR.I 3.15 million euros ($3.52 million) for "significant failures" in its controls against money laundering and terrorist financing, it said on Tuesday, the third lender to be hit with such a reprimand in six months.

The Central Bank of Ireland said the failures dated back to 2010 and persisted on average for over three years. Bank of Ireland, the country’s largest bank by assets, admitted the breaches, the regulator said.

“The high volume and range of breaches uncovered as part of the investigation point to significant weaknesses in the strength of Bank of Ireland’s implementation of anti-money laundering legislation,” said Derville Rowland, director of enforcement at the central bank.

Ireland's second and third largest retail banks, Royal Bank of Scotland's RBS.L Ulster Bank and Allied Irish Banks ALBK.I, were fined 3.3 million euros and 2.275 million euros respectively in recent months for similar breaches of the country's anti-money laundering laws.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Greg Mahlich