INM CEO Michael Doorly told staff this week that he was ‘deeply concerned’ at ‘just unbelievable’ allegations that editors & other senior staff had their hard drives and emails searched in 2015 without their permission – Indo report by @shanephelanindo: https://t.co/ozSvv13PXf
— Simon Carswell (@SiCarswell) December 13, 2018
From top: CEO of INM Michael Doorly and former chairman of INM Leslie Buckley; emails between Mr Doorly and Mr Buckley in 2014
At a meeting on Wednesday, following further revelations about data breaches at Independent News and Media (INM), the group’s CEO Michael Doorly told staff he was “deeply concerned” by the developments.
In mid-2015, hard drives of up to six editors in INM were allegedly taken in the middle of the night and copied before being returned to the journalists’ desks before they got into work – on the alleged orders of then CEO Robert Pitt.
Of Mr Pitt’s alleged actions, Mr Doorly reportedly told staff:
“It is an allegation at the moment. I hate to think that a CEO would have done this.”
This alleged breach is in addition to searches made, a year earlier, at the behest of former Chairman Leslie Buckley ostensibly to evaluate the cost benefit of of retaining Simon McAleese Solicitors.
The Sunday Business Post reported last April that Mr Doorly, then Company Secretary, was involved in helping source correspondence pertaining to Mr McAleese.
Emails (above) tweeted by Irish Times journalist Simon Carswell yesterday, show Mr Doorly’s contacting Leslie Buckley in August, 2014.
In one, Mr Doorly tells Mr Buckley that his trawl has included a screengrab taken ‘around the time of the investigation’ of “all of Gavin O’Reilly emails that were in Joe Webb’s mailbox”
This is a reference to former INM CEO Gavin O’Reilly and Joe Webb, former head of Independent News & Media’s Irish operations.
Mr O’ Reilly had left the company in 2012. Mr Webb in 2013.
At the staff meeting on Wednesday, Mr Doorly assured staff:
“Anything that hurts the reputation of this organisation is not acceptable. I will do everything I can to restore confidence and resolve this issue and protect the good names of all who work here. This is a core personal priority of mine.”
Previously:We Shall Fight Them On The Breaches