Businessman Denis O’Brien is facing an estimated €1m legal costs bill after the Supreme Court ruled he must pay most of the costs of his failed case over statements made by two TDs in the Dáil about his banking affairs.
A correct application by the Oireachtas of its own rules concerning what is said in parliament would involve chilling “inappropriate” speech, a lawyer for businessman Denis O’Brien has told the Supreme Court.
A victory for former Rehab CEO Angela Kerins in her appeal over her treatment by the Dail Public Accounts Committee would undermine “a core principle of our democracy”, freedom of speech in parliament, the State has told the Supreme Court.
Billionaire businessman Denis O’Brien will give evidence today in his High Court action alleging two TDs “clearly disregarded” the constitutional separation of powers between parliament and the courts when they made statements in the Dáil about his banking affairs.
An application by businessman Denis O’Brien for court orders aimed at compelling a Dáil committee hand over to him minutes of two of its meetings last summer, plus other documents considered by the committee for those meetings, has been struck out at the High Court.
Angela Kerins, the former chief executive of the Rehab Group, is seeking damages for personal injury and damage to her reputation she claims she suffered arising out of an alleged unlawful examination by the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee.