From top: Denis O’Brien; Karl Brophy and Gavin O’Reilly
Just because you’re paranoid.
Doesn’t mean they’re not compiling ‘dossiers’.
Denis O’Brien has been granted an order against Red Flag Consulting, its Chief Executive Officer Karl Brophy – who is a former director of corporate affairs and content development at Independent News and Media, its Chairman Gavin O’Reilly – the former Chief Executive Officer of Independent News and Media, Director Seamus Conboy, Account Manager Brid Murphy, and Account Executive Kevin Hiney.
The order prevents them from interfering with a list of more than 80 media articles and several other documents, which Mr O’Brien says are contained in a dossier about him.
The court has also granted an order preventing any interference with any computer equipment, which could identify who commissioned, contributed to or received the dossier.
Mr O’Brien’s lawyers went to the High Court yesterday seeking orders to allow them to search Red Flag’s premises.
But the Court ordered them to notify Red Flag and the other defendants and come back to court today.
…Lawyers for Red Flag said the action would be fully defended. Senior Counsel Michael Collins said Mr O’Brien seemed to be concerned about what he alleged was a campaign against him in the media.
He had commissioned a private investigator and had received a dossier anonymously on a USB stick last Friday.
He then engaged IT consultants to prepare a report. Mr Collins said they would need to engage their own consultants, possibly consult gardaí and other people.
…The dossier contains two PDF documents entitled “Denis O’Brien IPO Experience” and “The Moriarty Tribunal Explainer”, as well as more than 80 articles from national and international media and transcripts of Dáil debates.
Mr Justice Colm MacEochaidh adjourned the case until 2pm on Friday.