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Former Anglo Irish bank granted U.S. creditor protection

Pedestrians are seen walking past a branch of the Anglo Irish Bank in Dublin in this September 30, 2010 file photograph. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton/Files

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The liquidation vehicle for Ireland's failed Anglo Irish Bank has been granted bankruptcy protection in the United States, it said on Wednesday.

The bank, whose failure cost Irish taxpayers some 30 billion euros ($41 billion) in the financial crisis, was put into an accelerated liquidation process during an emergency session of Ireland's parliament in February.

Now known as Irish Bank Resolution Corp, or IRBC, the liquidating bank applied in August for U.S. court protection to prevent creditors from going after more than $1 billion in U.S. assets.

Liquidator Kieran Wallace of KPMG confirmed that IBRC was granted protection under Chapter 15 of the U.S. bankruptcy code in the district of Delaware.

"We got recognition," he said, declining further comment.

The court did not immediately release a written opinion.

The recognition was opposed by property developer John Flynn, an Irish resident of Florida.

The decision will freeze Flynn's lawsuit in Manhattan, where he is suing to recover $11 million he claims he was overcharged by Anglo Irish.

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(Reporting by Laura Noonan and Tom Hals; Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing by Greg Mahlich)