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#DOBvSBP In the High Court, Mr Justice Bernard Barton has called for the jury in the defamation case taken by Denis O’Brien against the Sunday Business Post - after he charged the jury yesterday.
#DOBvSBP Judge to jury: Good morning, we’re about to send you away very shortly so you can consider your deliberations.
#DOBvSBP Judge: Yesterday we said we were all concerned, on this side, to make sure that when you go to deliberate that you do so with a full correct understanding of the law to be applied…
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#DOBvSBP Mr Justice Bernard Barton has this morning started charging the jury in Denis O'Brien's defamation case against the Sunday Business Post in the High Court.
#DOBvSBP O'Brien claims articles published March 15, 2015, about a 2008 Govt-commissioned but unpublished PwC report into Ireland's top 22 borrowers were defamatory of him.
#DOBvSBP The SBP denies words in the articles mean what Mr O’Brien alleges. It also denies defamation or malicious publication.

Former editor of SBP Ian Kehoe and former business editor Tom Lyons have repeatedly said they published the material as a matter of public interest
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#DOBvSBP Jury in Denis O'Brien's defamation case against Sunday Business Post will hear closing arguments this morning.

O'Brien claims articles published March 15, 2015, about a Govt-commissioned but unpublished PwC report into Ireland's top 22 borrowers were defamatory of him
#DOBvSBP The SBP denies words in the articles mean what Mr O’Brien alleges. It also denies defamation or malicious publication.

Former editor of SBP Ian Kehoe and former business editor Tom Lyons have repeatedly said they published the material as a matter of public interest
#DOBvSBP Paul O'Higgins SC and Luán Ó Braonáin SC are representing Denis O'Brien.

Michael McDowell SC is representing the Sunday Business Post.

Mr Justice Bernard Barton is presiding.
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#DOBvSBP Denis O'Brien's counsel resumed questioning this morning of ex-editor of the Sunday Business Post Ian Kehoe in the High Court.

DOB claims he was defamed in SBP articles on March 15, 2015. SBP deny this.

Articles were about PwC rpt on Ireland's top 22 borrowers in '08
#DOBvSBP Luán Ó Braonáin SC, for DOB, puts to Kehoe that he has given impression the work being done on the PwC report was done with some "secrecy"

IK agrees. Says SBP didn't want it getting out to rival newspapers or Govt/anyone who might seek to injunct publication of articles
#DOBvSBP LOB puts to IK that "no notice" was given to the 22 borrowers named.

IK agrees and also agrees that none of the 22 were asked for comment. He repeats that the SBP didn't want to give the 22 the opportunity to attempt to inject the articles.
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#DOBvSBP Denis O'Brien's legal counsel has resumed questioning ex-editor of the Sunday Business Post Ian Kehoe in the High Court. DOB claims he was defamed in SBP articles on March 15, 2015. SBP deny this. Articles were about PwC rpt identifying Ireland's top 22 borrowers in '08
#DOBvSBP Luán Ó Braonáin SC, for DOB, asked IK about his friendship with journalist Tom Lyons. Asked if this would have affected their working relationship as he was TL's boss. IK said it made no difference. IK said he'd converse with all staff and had open door in office for all
#DOBvSBP LOB put it that he and TL were "new to their roles" at the SBP at the time of the publication of the article about the PwC report. IK said he had taken over as editor in Oct 2014 and Tom Lyons started working with SBP in late Jan/early Feb 2015.
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#DOBvSBP Former editor of SBP Ian Kehoe has resumed giving evidence. McDowell asks IK about the headline "gang of 22" and asks where it came from. IK: "Certainly in my mind it related to a very well known phrase from 1983 when 22 Fianna Fail members tried to oust Charlie Haughey"
#DOBvSBP IK says the term is part of the "political lexicon". Says newspapers, when writing headlines, try to think of puns, something clever or some well known phrase. IK points out today's Telegraph front page is about 'gang of 7' re: Labour Party.
#DOBvSBP McDowell SC, for SBP, is reading from a legal letter sent to SBP after the publication of articles on March 15, 2015. IK (repeats) that the articles were not about Denis O'Brien but about the state of Irish banks and state of Irish banking system at the time (2008)
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#DOBvSBP Tom Lyons, formerly of Sunday Business Post, has resumed giving evidence in High Court. McDowell SC, for SBP, is taking Lyons through his articles in SBP on March 15, 2015 line by line.
#DOBvSBP McDowell is asking Lyons to decipher source of each comment/point. Most answers from Lyons: The PwC report. More here: broadsheet.ie/2019/02/12/mea…
#DOBvSBP Jury is hearing Mr Lyons give context for figures he says were in PwC report. He explains Anglo Irish Bank would have had loanbook of €100bn and were saying they were worried about just 0.6% of this. He says AIB was saying it was only worried about 1% of its loan book
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