Friday 23 February 2018

Maeve Sheehan: Dogged determination of odd bedfellows pays off

After 17 years, two failed bidders are to get their day in court -- but victory is not assured, says Maeve Sheehan

LAST week's Supreme Court decision to allow two failed bidders for a mobile phone licence to sue the State for damages was 17 years in the making for the men behind the challenge.

Tony Boyle and Declan Ganley are unlikely bedfellows in the multi-million euro legal actions they now say they will pursue against the State. Having already waited since 1995 for their day in court, and armed with the long-awaited findings of the Moriarty tribunal, both said last week they will now press ahead.

Mr Boyle, a Dublin businessman, and his partner, Michael McGinley, are suing through the Persona consortium, which they now own. Mr Ganley, better known as the eurosceptic founder of Libertas, is suing personally.

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