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Monday 19 March 2018

O'Brien critical of tribunal lawyer's mobile licence link

Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Businessman Denis O'Brien yesterday released a letter dated October 19 he wrote to Mr Justice Michael Moriarty of the Moriarty Tribunal, criticising the fact that the senior counsel for the tribunal, Jerry Healy, had former involvement as a senior counsel for the Persona consortium in the competition for the mobile phone licence.

Persona was a losing applicant in the second mobile phone licence process.

Mr O'Brien accused the Moriarty Tribunal of bias against him. He said: "It is a matter of sincere personal regret that I am now compelled to write to you in these terms." He added that he had co-operated with the tribunal for over 10 years, including lengthy stints giving evidence.

But he said that his confidence in the tribunal "has all but been completely eroded".

Mr O'Brien said he was writing personally to Judge Moriarty following the recent circulation of documents by the tribunal's legal team.

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