Denis, the Dáil and democracy: how he lost his latest legal fight

Media tycoon Denis O’Brien suffered a knock-back on Friday when a court held that utterances made in the Dáil are still constitutionally protected

2nd April, 2017
Denis O’Brien at the Four Courts in Dublin at the opening of his case Picture: Fergal Phillips

Gone was the fanfare of the hearing last December; gone were the protesters outside the packed court as telecoms tycoon Denis O’Brien arrived to give evidence of the chilling death threats he had received in the wake of disclosures about his private banking affairs.

Tucked away in the obscure and rather tiny Court 19 in Áras Úi Dhálaigh last Friday, Ms Justice Úna Ní Raifeartaigh delivered a clear, considered and largely inevitable ruling...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Currency

What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Share this post

Related Stories

Comment: Irish rowers’ gold brings joy but the Olympics are nothing without heartbreak

Sport Emmet Ryan 1 day ago

Analysis: Zappone row illuminates uncompetitive nature of diplomatic appointments

Politics Daniel Murray 2 days ago

Analysis: Draft legislation brings individual accountability for financial sector misconduct a step closer

Analysis: The gap between winners and losers in retail is stark

Retail Eugene Kiernan 4 days ago