Leixlip TD's remarks about multimillionaire's banking details being examined in High Court

Legal action taken against the Oireachtas regarding a comment made by a Leixlip TD is back in the High Court this morning. Multimillionaire businessman Denis O'Brien launched the action following remarks made in the Dail by Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy, along with Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty.

Earlier this year, Deputy Murphy gave what she said were details of banking arrangements O'Brien  sought to retain when the special liquidator was appointed to wind up IBRC.

The move was met by an immediate denial from O’Brien, who claimed the information was false and that it was an abuse of Dáil privilege.

Justice Nicholas Kearns pushed the case back to this month during the first hearing in July, explaining that the case was “not urgent”.   It is also understood O’Brien will argue that permitting Doherty and Murphy’s statements amounts to a breach of his rights under the Constitution and European Convention on Human Rights.    

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