Friday 15 December 2017

Rival bidders 'victims of grave injustice'

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

THE co-founders of the consortium that narrowly lost out to rival bidder Esat Digifone for the State's second mobile phone licence have broken their silence to welcome the referral of the Moriarty report to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Last night businessmen Tony Boyle and Michael McGinley, joint owners of Persona Digital Telephony, said that anyone found to have illegally profited from the awarding of the licence "should be vigorously pursued and punished".

They also called on the Government to deploy the Criminal Assets Bureau to seize assets in accordance with the law.

"The report of the Moriarty Tribunal has confirmed the many very serious concerns we had about the way in which the second GSM licence was awarded," the men said in a statement.

"We were entitled to be treated fairly, and instead ... our rights were violated in an outrageous manner, and we became the victims of a grave injustice," they added.

Denis O'Brien, whose firm won the licence, last night welcomed the news that Mr Boyle and Mr McGinley "are seeking to challenge the awarding of the second mobile phone licence through the courts".

Mr Boyle and Mr McGinley released their statement hours after the Government asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal by Persona and another failed bidder who are seeking to revive their compensation claims against the State.

Persona and Comcast, a company associated with Galway-based businessman Declan Ganley, are both seeking to revive their claims.

Irish Independent

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