Tuesday 23 January 2018

Liam Collins: O'Brien turned down right of reply and said Press Council 'has no teeth'

The media mogul, who is suing for libel, spent an eventful few days in the witness box last week

Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Telecommunications billionaire Denis O'Brien has the air of someone who has become comfortably familiar with the witness box.

He does not even seem perplexed when his libel action against the Irish Daily Mail over events in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake in 2010 turns into a "re-run" of the Moriarty tribunal, an examination of where he pays his taxes, and whether or not he was not Charlie Bird's "lapdog".

Holding forth from the witness box, the tycoon smiles thinly when answering one of his barristers, Paul O'Higgins SC, chews the stem of his thick black glasses, and isn't afraid to strike back during the inquisition of Oisin Quinn SC.

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