Thursday 22 February 2018

Judges may have to square up to Dail over privilege row

There are principles of free speech and privacy at stake in the row over Catherine Murphy's Dail comments, says Colum Kenny

Catherine Murphy
Catherine Murphy
Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

The Irish media this weekend have decided not to report statements made by Catherine Murphy TD in the Dail. Those statements refer to billionaire Denis O'Brien, a major shareholder in Independent News & Media and other important companies in Ireland and abroad.

Members of the Oireachtas and the media are worried about the situation. Ms Murphy's statements concern Mr O'Brien's banking arrangements with the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC), including interest rates on his loans.

A spokesperson for Mr O'Brien has accused Deputy Murphy of "peddling… illegally procured information which contains falsehood".

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