Tuesday 20 August 2019

High Court action involving INM chairman

INM chairman Leslie Buckley Picture: Mark Condren
INM chairman Leslie Buckley Picture: Mark Condren
Independent.ie Business Desk

Independent.ie Business Desk

The Director of Corporate Enforcement has launched a High Court action to access certain documents held by INM chairman Leslie Buckley.

The Director, Ian Drennan, instigated the ex-parte (one side only) application last week.

Evidence was provided to the court by a legal expert in Mr Drennan's office. Mr Buckley was not legally represented at the court hearing, and the matter is due back before a judge next month.

High Court President, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, made an interim order on Mr Drennan's application.

Independent News & Media said it "notes" the action involving its chairman "in relation to certain documents held by Mr Buckley".

"INM, which was not a party to this court application, has co-operated fully in supplying the ODCE [Mr Drennan's office] with all the information it has requested and has no further comment to make at this point in time," said the company.

The ODCE is conducting an investigation into corporate governance at INM resulting from a whistleblower complaint made by former chief executive, Robert Pitt, who has since left the company.

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