Tuesday 27 September 2016

Murphy stands by sources as O'Brien lodges Dáil complaint

Published 03/06/2015 | 02:30

Independent TD Catherine Murphy is accused of abusing Dáil privilege
Independent TD Catherine Murphy is accused of abusing Dáil privilege

Independent TD Catherine Murphy is facing an Oireachtas investigation over accusations she abused Dáil privilege by making claims about businessman Denis O'Brien's personal banking affairs.

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Mr O'Brien yesterday lodged a complaint with the Ceann Comhairle's office, although Ms Murphy will insist she acted in the public interest.

Meanwhile, Mr O'Brien's legal team is preparing a legal action against the State seeking clarification on the separation of powers between the judiciary and the Oireachtas.

It came as a High Court judge cleared the way for media outlets to report Ms Murphy's claim that the businessman received "extremely favourable" interest rates on his loans with the IBRC.

RTÉ welcomed the judge's clarification, but acknowledged that the station was still prevented from broadcasting Mr O'Brien's confidential banking information.

However, RTÉ will lodge a further application with the courts on Friday seeking to clarify the extent of the injunction.

Irish Independent

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