Tycoons: The Businessman And The Politician

The long-delayed Moriarty Tribunal report cast both Michael Lowry and Denis O’Brien in an unflattering light – but we still don’t know the full story of exactly what happened

1st October, 2017
Michael Lowry (centre), then minister for communications, holds a cheque for £15,000 handed over by Esat Digifone chairman Denis O’Brien (right) in 1996, as John Loughrey (left), secretary at the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications, looks on

Fourteen years after beginning its inquiry into events that originated in 1995, we now have a High Court judge’s assessment, findings and conclusions of events that took place around the most lucrative licence ever awarded by the state. Ironically, it has proved to be one of the most lucrative awards ever, perhaps overshadowed only by the exploration licence that resulted in the Corrib gas find.

Yet it is extraordinary that, while we have Mr...

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