The Privilege Is All Mine


Social Democrat co-leader Catherine Murphy and Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty TD on the plinth of Leinster House following yesterday’s Supreme Court victory.

Further to Denis O’Brien’s loss in the Supreme Court yesterday.

Michael Clifford in The Irish Examiner writes:

‘Mr O’Brien was looking to assert what he saw as his rights as a citizen in a democracy. His action was based on asserting a principle.

The 19 individuals [who had their private data removed from email servers in Independent News And Media and taken to the Isle of Man where the data was “interrogated” and costs covered by a company controlled by Mr O’Brien, Blaydon Ltd,] all of whom are undoubtedly people of high principle, will more likely be interested in receiving monetary compensation rather than a legal declaration.

If they can prove their case, they will be entitled to be well-compensated for a breach of their privacy. In such an eventuality, the money will have to be paid out by INM.

It would be something of a bitter irony for Mr O’Brien if, as the main shareholder, he had to stump up for a privacy breach on a court ruling, having experienced, in his own case, a ruling that his privacy was legitimately breached in parliament.’

Bitter irony for O’Brien if INM has to stump up over privacy breach (Michael Clifford, Irish Examiner)

Listen: Kildare TD Says Supreme Court Decision Puts Any Questions On The Strength Of Parliamentary Privilege Beyond Doubt. (KFM)

Yesterday: Dismissing Denis

Previously: We Shall Fight Them On The Breaches



The first in a bowel-loosening series of emails from Denis O’Brien’s solicitors after the posting of Ms Murphy’s speech in the Dáil, May 26, 2015.

Good times.

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19 thoughts on “The Privilege Is All Mine

  1. Brother Barnabas

    interesting (ish) that they would sign the letter “william fry” [who has been dead for more than a century]

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Not really. The company is called William Fry. Standard practice, innit.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Go for it, sweetcheeks, said you. Belittling me makes me HAWT.
          Did I misunderstand?

  2. Slightly Bemused

    This brings up an interesting question, related to your posting of that solicitor’s letter and the related article in 2015. I believe it was mentioned then, but I do not recall reading a definitive answer, which may now be more available.

    If a TD or Senator has Absolute Privilege and makes statements in the Dáil or Seanad on matters covered in the public domain by a court injunction, are media outlets allowed to report that, so long as it is verbatim, or are they restrained by the injunction?

    Given Dáil and Seanad proceedings are open to the public in various means including transmission via television, surely print and other media outlets should be allowed to do so as what they are reporting is not the issue, but rather the proceedings in either House of the Oireachtas.

    Curious to know opinions on this. Any word from Legal Coffee Drinker?

    1. Bodger

      Slightly Bemused, the courts later confirmed a few days later that outlets can report.

      1. Slightly Bemused

        Ah, I must have missed that at the time. Good to know.

        Thanks for getting back to me :)

      1. Frilly Keane

        ‘hould your horses there Cian
        An’ steady your guns bhoy
        Conflict of Interest
        Go to my LinkedIn and read a article
        “Understanding Conflict”
        I think that’s what it’s titled

        It’s Wm Fry that MAY have a conflict
        Fee Influence

        Trap their fee income for the year
        And test it

        Big 4 is usually capped at the 8%ish mark before they have to declare a CoI

  3. Frilly Keane


    Is why the Social Democrats
    Deserve our attention and support
    Not their back office stuff

    Same goes for Sinn Fein btw

  4. Truth in the News

    Is there a person named “William Fry” in the legal practice of WILLIAM FRY and if not
    who in the practice signed the letter as William Fry and why did they not use their
    own name and signature, What is the view of Ken Murphy of the Law Society on
    all of this,,,,,,,,he hardly signs his correspondence other than Ken Murphy.

  5. Susan O'Sullivan

    I worked at William Fry as a Legal Secretary – it was standard practice for the lawyers to sign off as William Fry rather than their own names.

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