Wednesday 22 November 2017

Timeline of IBRC controversy

Independent TD Catherine Murphy
Independent TD Catherine Murphy
Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

Here are the key events in the ongoing IBRC controvery:

April 30 – Denis O’Brien seeks a High Court injunction to stop RTÉ broadcasting what he says is a report about certain details relating to his private banking affairs.

May 21 – After four days of hearings, High Court grants O’Brien his injunction. RTE says it is disappointed with verdict.  Full verdict delayed from publication until June 5.

May 28 – Independent TD Catherine Murphy makes allegations about Denis O’Brien’s banking arrangements in Dail under privilege. Several media outlets, because of the RTE injunction, decide not to publish her remarks, despite being said under Dail privilege.

May 29 – Opposition TDs call for Dail recall, describing the situation as a “constitutional crisis”

June 2 – Judge Donald Binchy clarifies his position that his verdict never meant to stop Dail comments from being published. He affirms principle of absolute privilege.

June 3 – Government announces intention to hold Commission of Inquiry

June 8  - Finance Minister Michael Noonan meets members of opposition about terms of reference of inquiry.

June 9  - Noonan brings terms of inquiry to Cabinet for approval and publishes them as two day Dail debate begins.

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