@turkeys4xmas It was Denis 101 for Irish readers. Written for UK readers who know nothing about him. That’s why we have separate editons
— Frank Fitzgibbon (@FrankSunTimes) January 16, 2012
Did you? We literally didn’t.
Are we the last ones to know?
PS Perhaps some civic-minded reader could show us where this has previously been reported? Bodger has gone through Simon Carswell’s book Anglo Republic and the only mention of Denis and Anglo loans was this on page 83:
Anglo’s biggest coporate loans outstanding in November 2005 [included] Denis O’Brien and executives at the private equite firm Ion Equity, which had purchased the petrol station network and distribution business using an Anglo loan facility of €212 million.”
But no reference to loans (with Barclays) that funded more than €500 million worth of share purchase mentioned in the Sunday Times yesterday.