Kenny rebuffs Rabbitte over media law change

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has rejected efforts by communications minister Pat Rabbitte to fast-track changes in media law which could have affected any takeover of Independent News & Media.

19th May, 2012

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has rejected efforts by communications minister Pat Rabbitte to fast-track changes in media law which could have affected any takeover of Independent News & Media by telecoms billionaire Denis O'Brien.

Rabbitte had sought to extract the media elements from a new competition bill currently in preparation, and implement the legislation before the summer. The legislation would have strengthened the "public interest" test for media mergers and takeovers and, crucially, transferred the power...

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