Saturday 17 November 2018

'I will destroy you and your father and I will go after everything'

A phone call from Denis O'Brien signalled a new phase in the battle for INM, writes Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

ON A Thursday evening in late August, during a surprise call from Denis O'Brien in Ibiza, the battle lines were drawn for an almighty contest for control of Ireland's biggest media group.

The billionaire business tycoon had interrupted a break to 'phone the chief executive of Independent News & Media, Gavin O'Reilly.

Mr O'Reilly was in his office, preparing to present interim results the next day in a difficult financial period for the company long associated with the O'Reilly family.

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