Opinion Comment

Saturday 22 September 2018

Liam Collins: Denis O'Brien's Red Flag legal action sets out web of texts and tales of intrigue

High Court documents -  including texts between Colm Keaveney and Karl Brophy -  sets out tale of intrigue in world of big business and politics, writes Liam Collins

PR BOSS: Public relations/lobbying firm Red Flag Consulting’s Karl Brophy
PR BOSS: Public relations/lobbying firm Red Flag Consulting’s Karl Brophy
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

The fascinating world where big business, lobbyists, politicians and the media intersect was aired over two days in the High Court last week, illuminating a web of texts, clandestine 'non-meetings' and secret briefings that led to front-page stories and headlines on television and radio news bulletins.

The communications tycoon Denis O'Brien is now seeking to "join" the Galway-based businessman and political activist Declan Ganley to ongoing litigation against the public relations/lobbying firm Red Flag Consulting and its principals and staff members, Karl Brophy, Seamus Conboy, Gavin O'Reilly, Brid Murphy and Kevin Hiney, claiming they prepared a dossier defaming him and damaging his reputation.

At the centre of this web of intrigue is former Labour Party TD for Galway East Colm Keaveney, who subsequently switched to Fianna Fail, lost his seat at the last election and was later adjudged bankrupt.

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