Citizen O’Brien: Denis, the Dáil and democracy

In a jam-packed courtroom, Denis O’Brien’s team laid out his case why a precedent of ‘anarchy’ could be set if he failed to get his way on the matter of Dáil privilege

4th December, 2016
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Businessman Denis O’Brien, leaving the High Court on Thursday Picture: Fergal Phillips

In May and June last year, Social Democrat TD Catherine Murphy and Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty made remarks about the allegedly favourable loan terms the tycoon received from Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, formerly Anglo Irish Bank.

At the time, O’Brien was embroiled in a High Court action to stop RTÉ’s business editor David Murphy reporting on his dealings with the nationalised lender. A temporary injunction, gagging the broadcaster, was in place...

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