A High Court judge has refused to allow an English company to fund a legal action against the State, businessman Denis O’Brien and former government minister Michael Lowry (above).

A High Court judge has refused to allow an English company to fund a legal action against the State, businessman Denis O’Brien and former government m(...)

Denis O’Brien arriving to give evidence in the Moriarty Tribunal in 2001. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A politician calls to a door. “You shouldn’t have allowed Denis O’Brien to bid for Siteserv! ” declares the man of the house. “That would be illegal,(...)

PJ Mara and  Charles Haughey: Mara’s star was inextricably linked to the fortunes of the former taoiseach – political and otherwise. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Wall-to-wall tributes to PJ at the moment. In the main, they are affectionate, warm and nostalgic. After all, it’s PJ Mara we’re talking about here. (...)

 High Court proceedings arose out of a decision by the Revenue appeals commissioner  that Denis  O’Brien’s home was in Portugal, not Ireland, which meant he was not liable for capital gains tax of €56.8 million on €285 million he received for his shares in Esat. Photograph: Joe St Leger

The ruling by the High Court in relation to Denis O’Brien means that the Revenue Commissioners can ask him questions about his affairs for the 1999/20(...)

Denis O’Brien’s Esat Digifone consortium won a competition for a mobile phone licence in 1996  and Persona was the runner-up.       Photograph Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

A High Court judge will decide if a company that lost out on a mobile phone licence in 1996 can sue Denis O’Brien, Michael Lowry and the State using m(...)

The Court is being asked to decide on  whether Harbour is entitled to fund the case. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

An ancient law that was dismissed as obsolete in Britain in 1967 was retained by the Government in 2007 and bars a funding arrangement in a legal clai(...)

 Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly in the High Court on Wednesday heard a second day of submissions in an application for approval of a funding agreement as part of a legal claim against Denis O’Brien, Michael Lowry and the Irish State. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A law concerning third party funding of legal cases in Ireland comes from an era when people thought the earth was the centre of the universe, witches(...)

A British company is funding the damages claim by the runner-up in the bid to win the 1996 competition for a mobile phone licence that was awarded to businessman Denis O’Brien’s Esat Digifone consortium.

The High Court should not use medieval laws to dismiss a legal claim against Denis O’Brien, the Irish State and former minister Michael Lowry, the Hig(...)

Denis O’Brien: Called off the initial public offering  at the 11th hour after investors declined to meet his valuation of the business. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

As Denis O’Brien tells it, he woke up yesterday morning feeling “very happy” at his decision on Tuesday night to pull Digicel’s planned $2 billion (€1(...)

The High Court will hear Persona’s third-party funding details on November 17th. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

The High Court hearing over whether third-party funding can be used by Persona in its case against the State in relation to the 1995 mobile phone lice(...)