The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) has taken the unprecedented step of hiring private investigators to get to identify the source of ongoing leaks from its confidential board meetings.
The move follows the publication of the minutes of last month's IDB meeting in the Dairy Industry Newsletter.
In an effort to pin-point the source of the leak, the IDB sought and received board approval at a meeting last week to hire Deloitte to trawl through all the electronic records of each board member's communications over recent months.
Emails, faxes and mobile phone records belonging to several board members have already been examined by computer analysts from Deloitte.
However, it is believed that at least one member of the IDB board has refused to co-operate with the investigation.
The team of investigators will also be combing through emails, faxes and phone records belonging to staff working within the IDB.
The investigation is expected to be completed within weeks.
In a statement on the matter, an IDB spokesman said: "The IDB is mindful of the paramount need to protect the commercial integrity of its export operations and the interests of its shareholders and will not, as a consequence, comment at any time on either commercially sensitive information or confidential board matters."