Monday 21 August 2017

Shane Phelan: Fighting Oireachtas in the courts an expensive and fruitless business

In her ruling, Ms Justice Úna Ní Raifeartaigh made a point of stating Mr O’Brien’s means were not taken into account in her deliberations. (Stock picture)
In her ruling, Ms Justice Úna Ní Raifeartaigh made a point of stating Mr O’Brien’s means were not taken into account in her deliberations. (Stock picture)
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The High Court ruling that leaves billionaire businessman Denis O'Brien facing a potential legal bill of around €1m has nothing to do with his status as one of Ireland's richest people.

In her ruling, Ms Justice Úna Ní Raifeartaigh made a point of stating Mr O'Brien's means were not taken into account in her deliberations.

Instead she found the factors which had to be considered were whether or not Mr O'Brien raised matters of such public importance or novelty that they would warrant deviating from the normal rule that losing parties in legal actions bear the costs.

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