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Feb 28, 2019 34 tweets 12 min read
#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.
Feb 27, 2019 48 tweets 17 min read
#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 #DOBvSBP O'Brien claims articles published March 15, 2015, about a 2008 Govt-commissioned but unpublished PwC report into Ireland's top 22 borrowers were defamatory of him.
Feb 26, 2019 111 tweets 39 min read
#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O'Brien claims articles published March 15, 2015, about a Govt-commissioned but unpublished PwC report into Ireland's top 22 borrowers were defamatory of him #DOBvSBP The SBP denies words in the articles mean what Mr O’Brien alleges.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
Feb 21, 2019 44 tweets 16 min read
#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
Feb 20, 2019 52 tweets 19 min read
#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
Feb 19, 2019 13 tweets 5 min read
#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.
Feb 13, 2019 41 tweets 15 min read
#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…
Jun 29, 2018 148 tweets 50 min read
#DisclosuresTribunal Legal teams for the gardai, INM and Sgt Maurice McCabe about to start giving final submissions. #DisclosuresTribunal Shane Murphy SC, for AGS, has resumed making his submission. Murphy raising how Taylor's counsel yesterday said Taylor was a "brave whistleblower". Murphy says it's AGS submission that this 'whistleblower' has not told the truth.
Jun 28, 2018 115 tweets 41 min read
#DisclosuresTribunal Counsel for Fianna Fail TD and former chair of PAC John McGuinness making a submission about the carpark meeting between McGuinness and former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan #DisclosuresTribunal McGuinness's counsel basically outlining the differing evidence of the carpark meeting (Callinan V McGuinness)...Counsel now recounting what McGuinness claims happened after Callinan's appearance before PAC in Jan 2014. broadsheet.ie/2018/04/10/the…
Jun 22, 2018 92 tweets 32 min read
#DisclosuresTribunal to resume at 9am with 3 witnesses - news editor of the Irish Mail on Sunday Robert Cox, former news editor of Irish Sun Fergus O'Shea and security corr of Irish Independent Tom Brady. Hearing will sit until 12.45pm. #DisclosuresTribunal Tom Brady, who retired from his position as security editor of the Irish Independent in November 2014, is now giving evidence.
Jun 21, 2018 172 tweets 58 min read
#DisclosuresTribunal John Barrett, head of HR at AGS, has resumed giving evidence. Michael McDowell SC, for Sgt McCabe, questioning JB. McCabe claims JB told him RTE Paul Reynolds' reports on leaked copies of O'Higgins report came from Garda Comm's office. JB denies this #DisclosuresTribunal McD asks about meeting JB had with McCabe and his wife Lorraine in May 2016 (after Paul Reynolds' reports). MCD: In course of the discussion as to why Sgt McCabe was off work [at this time], his reaction to the broadcasts of Mr [John] Mooney and Mr [Paul]..
Jun 15, 2018 167 tweets 57 min read
#DisclosuresTribunal Paul Reynolds, of RTE, has resumed giving evidence #DislcosuresTribunal Michael McDowell SC, for Sgt McCabe starts to say: "Chairman, Noel Whelan made an intervention yesterday..." But there's no Garda legal representative here
Jun 14, 2018 101 tweets 34 min read
#DisclosuresTribunal Should be noted, Paul Reynolds said that he called McCabe the night before his O'Higgins reports and left a message. #DisclosuresTribunal Stephen Rae, outgoing Group Editor of INM, has started to give evidence
Jun 14, 2018 79 tweets 28 min read
#DisclosuresTribunal has resumed with RTE's Paul Reynolds giving evidence. #DisclosuresTribunal Yesterday's hearing ended with the tribunal hearing PR's radio reports on RTE on May 2016. Now it's hearing/seeing PR's News at One, Six One and Nine News reports
Jun 13, 2018 160 tweets 56 min read
#DisclosuresTribunal Is about to resume with Ian Mallon, formerly of INM, to resume giving evidence, followed by journalist Paul Williams #DisclosuresTribunal Counsel for INM points out this exchange yesterday
Jun 12, 2018 152 tweets 50 min read
#DisclosuresTribunal Juno McEnroe, of the Irish Examiner, is now giving evidence #DisclosuresTribunal Kathleen Leader BL, for the tribunal, is taking JME through his evidence. JME now going through his career to date. He's been in Examiner since 2003. Became Political Correspondent at the Examiner in 2014.
Jun 11, 2018 101 tweets 35 min read
#DisclosuresTribunal John Mooney, of the Sunday Times, is just starting to give evidence #DisclosuresTribunal JM tells tribunal he started out in journalism as a freelance photographer in 1993 before he started to specialise in crime, terrorism and ntl security. He's been working at Sunday Times since 2007
Jun 8, 2018 181 tweets 61 min read
#DisclosuresTribunal Conor Lally, of Irish Times, about to resume giving evidence. #DisclosuresTribunal John Ferry, for Supt Dave Taylor, asking questions. Ferry recalling how Lally heard about Ms D allegation in 2010/2011, that it had been investigated and that the gardai recommended to the DPP that there be no prosecution and there was no prosecution
Jun 7, 2018 128 tweets 43 min read
#DisclosuresTribunal Conor O'Donnell, editor of the Irish Mail on Sunday, is now giving evidence. Tribunal has heard RTE's Paul Reynolds won't be giving evidence today - as scheduled. #DisclosuresTribunal O'D going through his career - includes working in The Kerryman, Irish Examiner, Daly Telegraph in London, IMOS.
Jun 6, 2018 139 tweets 50 min read
#DisclosuresTribunal is to resume at 10am with ex-Asst Comm John O'Mahoney. JOM carried out gardai's internal investigation into penalty points in 2012/2013. Supt Taylor has alleged he was instructed to tell journalists Sgt McCabe didn't cooperate with this investigation - on top of Ms D allegation. This was something solicitor Gerald Kean told RTE's Marian show in Jan 2014 - on foot of which Sgt McCabe and John Wilson took action
Jun 5, 2018 168 tweets 56 min read
#DisclosuresTribunal Judge Charleton says he is now able to sit tomorrow and Thursday (he was supposed to sit in Court of Appeal but he is no longer doing so). #DisclosuresTribunal Irish Examiner's Mick Clifford now answering questions