Always A Privilege


roygreensladeRoy Greensalde

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”.

Ireland’s media silenced over MP’s speech about Denis O’Brien (Roy Greenslade, Guardian)

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51 thoughts on “Always A Privilege

    1. Nessy

      + 1 super injunction!

      The man has clearly lots to hide and is terrified of being found out

      1. stoneruile

        You are joking right? This is Ireland. He is only afraid that the gravy train will grind to a halt. He will never be held accountable for anything.

  1. Panty Christ

    Denis, Denis, with your eyes so blue.
    Denis, Denis I’ve got a crush on you.
    Denis, Denis I’m in love with you.

    1. mauriac

      was it for this … snarky first para ? Removing the comments does undercut the point of the article.

  2. Formerly known as

    DO’B and Sepp Blatter are two peas in a pod. I would like to see them in front of the beak.

    1. Odis

      We have always been a nation of begrudgers and naysayers. To reject the idea that a strong and patriotic business leader, can’t help the nation in its recovery from our current economic doldrums is absurd.

        1. Odis

          Seriously, the nation needs to pull together. Unless you believe that left wing whining and windbagery, or some sort of cure for the nation’s ills.

          1. nellyb

            lol, sounds so familiar… Is it translated from some Cyrillic lang family by any chance? :-)

          2. Odis

            The article does make the point about him being a patriot though, amongst other things, in fairness.

    2. rotide

      I’ll bite.

      RTE and the Irish Times stand to lose a whole lot more than broadsheet by publishing.

      1. dereviled

        That’s not defending [redacted] now is it?
        Didn’t you read my post etc.?

        Fair point though.

  3. phil

    if broadsheet dont get some sort of hoohaa , backslap ,Web media Org of the year Ill assume the whole thing is rigged…

  4. Walter-Ego

    Ah lads, remember Denis O’Briens Golden Rule.
    He who has all the Gold, Makes all the Rules.

    1. scottser

      when you steal from one they call you a thief
      when you steal from everyone they call you the king

  5. Truth in the News

    Have Dennis or IBRC trotted down to the Four Courts yet, incidently who
    is running the IBRC skeleton right now, where is the Gov in all of this given
    that they took over IBRC, the irony is that Dennis has skidded on the Banana.

  6. Buzz

    Apparently the NUJ has issued a statement as follows: ‘Media failure to defend Dail privilege may shatter public trust’. I can’t find a link to it. What’s the point of issuing a statement if they don’t even bother putting it on the home page of their website. Clueless.

      1. Lilly

        So the penny is beginning to drop with the newspapers and RTE that they are becoming more irrelevant by the day. And all because of their own cowardice.

  7. Frilly Keane

    “In a Democracy everyone is entitled to their good name and reputation”

    No free speech
    No truth
    No facts
    No transparency

    Had enough of No as it is

    1. Parochial Central

      “No” balanced debate. Hard to feel sorry for the RTE and Irish Times #stasi given how they skew everything to the @labour agenda anyway. Sauce for goose, etc.

      Go Denis!

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