Tuesday October 20, 2020

Anyone for Denis?

As Denis O'Brien and the O'Reilly family fight for control of Independent News & Media, Fine Gael and Labour are desperate not to be caught in the crossfire, writes Pat Leahy.

7th April, 2012
Denis O'Brien may not formally launch a takeover bid at the INM group for some time. Photo: PA

"In a fight between two elephants, the grass gets trampled. We'd like to avoid being the grass." So said one high-ranking government adviser about the ongoing boardroom battle between Denis O'Brien and Gavin O'Reilly at the Independent News & Media (INM) group, which owns the largest titles in the country.

His comments sum up the overriding concern of both coalition parties - that they avoid any damage from the fallout of this spectacular corporate duel,...

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