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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Denis O'Brien

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# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Friday
Everyone’s talking about events in Bailieborough and Denis O’Brien’s tax bill.
# taxman
Denis O’Brien wins High Court case, will not have to pay €57m tax bill
The case focused on whether or not the billionaire businessman lived at a property on Raglan Road in Ballsbridge.
# Prime Numbers
Cavemen, Cowen and Coca-Cola: The week in numbers
Plus: What percentage of people in Ireland smoke? And what’s the average weekly wage?
# moving
Pat Kenny on revealing his salary: ‘I don’t have to, I’m not going to, that’s the new world!’
The broadcaster said he did not contact Denis O’Brien prior to his appointment, stating “You don’t go into someone and say ‘I’m great, why don’t you hire me’.”
# Media ownership
Pat Rabbitte: I've no concerns about Denis O'Brien's invite to Irish economic forum
The Communications Minister was asked this morning if he was equating media magnate Denis O’Brien with China. He denied he was.
# Denis O'Brien
Denis O'Brien's company fails to win Myanmar phone licence
The syndicate involving O’Brien’s Digicel Group has missed out on being awarded one of two nationwide phone licences.
# Special Olympics
Big softie Des Cahill recalls the night he cried on stage with Christy O'Connor Jr
The RTÉ presenter on getting choked up at a Special Olympics fundraiser .
# Moriarty Tribunal
Martin wants Moriarty reopened, Taoiseach says Tribunal's work is finished
The Fianna Fáil leader wants a specific module of the tribunal reopened in light of new allegations concerning a previously undisclosed payment made by independent TD Michael Lowry to the land agent Kevin Phelan.
# Michael Lowry
Gardaí examining Lowry tape as conversation is aired on national TV
Independent TD Michael Lowry can be heard making reference to a £250,000 payment which he said he never declared.
# Baby you're a rich man
Denis O'Brien and Dermot Desmond among five Irishmen on Forbes rich list
The list is once again topped by the Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim who has a net worth of $73 billion.
# press council
Press Council defends record after Denis O'Brien libel action
O’Brien was awarded €150,000 in damages in relation to an article by journalist Paul Drury published in the Irish Daily Mail.
# Denis O'Brien
Associated Newspapers 'will consider an appeal' over Denis O'Brien ruling
The Irish Daily Mail’s legal representative says the newspaper is “extremely disappointed” with this evening’s outcome.
# Defamation
Denis O'Brien awarded €150k in damages in defamation case against newspaper
Businessman Denis O’Brien has been awarded damages following his defamation case against the Irish Daily Mail.
# Communicorp
Change of CEO in Denis O'Brien's radio group
Communicorp announced Gervaise Slowey as the new head of its radio group, replacing Paddy Halpenny.
# Said and done
Binders and crossing the Alps barefoot: The week in quotes
“I went to a number of women’s groups and I said ‘can you help us find folks?’and they brought us whole binders full of women.”
# Recession
Denis O'Brien: doing business with Apple is "like going on methadone"
The tycoon also said Irish people had behaved like adults during the recession.
# Kate Middleton
Irish Daily Star criticised by palace and UK owners for publishing topless Kate pics
St James’s Palace has said that the actions of the Irish tabloid have been motivated by greed, while the paper’s UK owners are consulting lawyers.
Leslie Buckley appointed chairman of INM
Independent News and Media confirmed the election of Buckley as chairman and three others as company directors at today’s EGM.
# need to know
The Evening Fix: Monday
Things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Vinb v DOB
Browne accuses O'Brien of using 'considerable wealth to stifle criticism'
Vincent Browne’s publishes correspondence from Denis O’Brien – including threats of legal action.
# Prime Numbers
Medals, marathons and urine tests: London 2012 in numbers
How much gold is in an Olympic Gold medal? And just how bad IS that South Korean archer’s vision?
# Media
Broadcasting Authority 'not obliged' to review Denis O'Brien's media holdings
The broadcasting watchdog says Denis O’Brien doesn’t “control” Independent News & Media – he just has “a substantial interest”.
# Media
BAI to write to O'Brien's Communicorp to discuss media ownership
The broadcasting watchdog will write to Denis O’Brien’s radio company, “on the subject matter of control and ownership”.
# Moriarty Tribunal
In full: Michael Lowry and Denis O'Brien's statements on court ruling
Both men are looking forward to defending themselves against allegations made about the awarding of Ireland’s second mobile phone licence in 1995.
# Supreme Court
Lowry, O’Brien welcome court ruling allowing challenge to mobile licence decision
The former Communications Minister and Digicel chairman say the consortia’s claim is without merit, evidence or substance but Declan Ganley has said he will be pursuing his case with vigour.
Independent News & Media chairman and finance chief voted off board
Today’s annual general meeting also saw director Paul Connolly survive a move to remove him from the board.
# Media
Tense scenes expected at Independent News & Media AGM today
The company has asked shareholders to remove a representative of Denis O’Brien from his position as director.
# Denis O'Brien
Denis O'Brien's Digicel hits profits of more that $1bn
It’s the first time the telecoms group has reached profits of this level. It operates across the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Tuesday
Your essential roundup of the day’s big stories – plus any other bits and pieces you may have missed…
# media wars
Denis O'Brien criticises Sindo for "one of the most biased campaigns ever waged"
O’Brien’s spokesman highlighted a recent edition of the paper which he said contained 15 articles designed solely to discredit the billionaire businessman.
# Water Meters
No deal to give tender for water meters to O'Brien firm, insists minister
Pat Rabbitte says reports that SiteServ has won the tender to install water meters in Irish homes are incorrect.
# Power Struggle
Investor buys 5 per cent of Independent News & Media in one single trade
A single trade worth almost €10 million – totaling some 27.7 million shares – went through on the stroke of noon.
# Money Money Money
Denis O'Brien the biggest Irish loser on the Sunday Times Rich List
It’s not all bad news for O’Brien though. He’s still Ireland’s second richest person.
Column: 'The press is becoming the battleground for thought control'
Nobody is investing in newspapers for profit any more, writes Michael McDowell. Instead, it’s driven by political and editorial control and influence.
AUDIO: What did Gavin O'Reilly do with his first day post-INM resignation?
Family visits and a holiday are in the offing… However, INM re-releases its statement today to remove the word ‘unanimous’ from the directors’ decision on the deal O’Reilly received on departure.
Gavin O'Reilly steps down as CEO of INM
Vincent Crowley, current Group Chief Operating Officer, appointed in his place.