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John Drennan: Coalition splits over O'Brien's media plan

Rabbitte concerned at tardy transfer of media ownership powers to Labour

Published 01/04/2012 | 05:00

MONEY TALKS: Taoiseach Enda Kenny ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange recently, flanked by business people including Denis O'Brien, third from left. The event was sponsored by Ireland Inc. Denis O'Brien is a key advisory member of that organisation

A serious rift is developing between the coalition partners over the politically sensitive issue of proposed reforms in the area of media ownership.

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Earlier this year, Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte signalled his determination to move swiftly to reform the outdated laws which currently apply to this sector.

However, critically, before Mr Rabbitte can move in this area, powers currently held by Richard Bruton's Enterprise Department have to be transferred to Mr Rabbitte.

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