Further to the ‘matter‘.
Media analyst Roy Greensalde writes:
Given that IBRC is state-owned, [Catherine] Murphy was suggesting that the Irish people have been subsidising O’Brien’s interest payments on massive loans for no clear reason.
Although I have no idea whether or not her claims are correct, they are protected by parliamentary privilege (as in Britain).
…the extension of the terms of the injunction to cover a parliamentary speech has shocked the Irish media community, not to mention the public.
It had extraordinary effects. For example, RTÉ reporter Philip Boucher Hayes tweeted yesterday afternoon that the Drivetime show was about to play Murphy’s speech, but the piece was not broadcast and his tweet was later deleted.
RTÉ news bulletins mentioned that Murphy had spoken but didn’t quote what she had said or play clips. Online reports quoting Murphy were removed, stating only that Murphy had spoken about O’Brien. Similarly, the Irish Times’s report was silent on what Murphy said but it did provide a link to her speech on the Oireachtas site.
The report on the matter by Ireland’s best-selling daily newspaper, the Irish Independent, said: “Mr O’Brien successfully stopped RTÉ from broadcasting the details which Ms Murphy raised in the Dáil”.
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Dáil should be recalled next week to reassert a basic principle. Dáil speech and the reporting of it protected by absolute privilege
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) May 28, 2015
Under Standing Orders- at request of Taoiseach, Ceann Comhairle may
summon Dáil for an earlier date than that fixed on an adjournment.
— Oireachtas News (@OireachtasNews) May 29, 2015