From top: Denis O’Brien; Former Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Colm Keaveney outside Leinster House in 2014; Denis O’Brien
Readers will recall businessman Denis O’Brien’s case against Red Flag which allegedly compiled a dossier critical of Mr O’Brien.
It’s O’Brien’s case that the dossier both defames him and is evidence of a criminal conspiracy against him.
Last December former Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney swore an affidavit favourable to Mr O’Brien’s case and named Declan Ganley as the person who commissioned Red Flag to compile the dossier.
Mr Ganley denies this is the case.
Mr O’Brien dropped a defamation case against Mr Keaveney after he suggested Mr Ganley commissioned the dossier.
Mr Keaveney’s affidavit has come under questioning after an affidavit by Mr Keaveney’s former parliamentary assistant Alan Hynes.
The Irish Times, reports:
Mr O’Brien’s counsel, Michael Cush SC, [yesterday] read several affidavits, including one by Alan Hynes. In it, Mr Hynes says Mr Keaveney told him that, in meeting “Denis O’Brien’s representative”, €250,000 was mentioned to him.
Mr Cush read from Mr Hynes’ affidavit: “Mr Keaveney informed me,” Mr Hynes swore, “that he agreed to co-operate with the Plaintiff [Mr O’Brien] as part of the settlement of the plaintiff’s defamation proceedings against him [Mr Keaveney]. I say and believe that this taints the veracity of the averments [assertions] sworn by Mr Keaveney in these proceedings in support of the plaintiff’s application to amend his pleadings.
“Mr Keaveney had initially indicated to me that the settlement offer was just a discussion but that he was minded to take it. A rough figure of €250,000 to settle the proceedings was mentioned to me by Mr Keaveney.
“At one stage Mr Keaveney told me that his response to Denis O’Brien’s representative had been ‘just tell me what he needs said and I’ll say it’.”