Saturday 17 March 2018

O'Brien bid to stop RTÉ airing IBRC bank details

Denis O'Brien
Denis O'Brien

Tim Healy

Businessman Denis O'Brien claims he will suffer irreparable harm to the confidence national and international banks have in him if RTÉ is allowed to broadcast a report about his private banking affairs.

Mr O'Brien said, in an affidavit to the High Court, there is also no public interest in RTÉ broadcasting details of his confidential banking arrangements with Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC).

If broadcast, it would be a breach of his constitutional and European Convention right to privacy, he says.

RTÉ had information it obtained from a letter Mr O'Brien wrote to IBRC liquidator Kieran Wallace in 2013 about his private banking affairs, the court heard.

There was no suggestion of any wrongdoing on Mr O'Brien's part or that of anyone else.

Mr O'Brien is seeking an injunction preventing RTÉ from broadcasting the report.

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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