But what about Denis? Role of its major shareholder is at the heart of INM story

Caveat: Story has gained so much attention because businessman’s name is attached

Businessman Denis O’Brien owns close to a third of INM yet no longer has any board representation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Businessman Denis O’Brien owns close to a third of INM yet no longer has any board representation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Elites know they’ve made it to the top of Irish society when their surname becomes redundant, and most people refer to them solely by their first name. When somebody says something about Enda, we all know who they are likely talking about. The same goes for Bertie, Lucinda, Miriam or Roy.

To those who know him well, and to many more in business and media who don’t, Denis O’Brien is most often referred to simply as Denis, Ireland’s richest and most powerful businessman and, latterly, one of its foremost litigants.

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