Fintan O’Toole: Denis O’Brien’s thin skin at odds with role of major media player

He has long seen himself as a victim of widespread media and political efforts to do him down

Denis O’Brien: There is no doubt  that he genuinely sees himself as an embattled figure. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Denis O’Brien: There is no doubt that he genuinely sees himself as an embattled figure. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dearbhail McDonald, group business editor of Independent News and Media (INM), is one of the best journalists in Ireland and no shrinking violet. Last Sunday morning, she tweeted a link to a story she had worked on with two of her colleagues, Irish Independent legal affairs editor Shane Phelan and Sunday Independent business editor Samantha McCaughren – both of whom are also highly experienced and well respected professionals.

The story was a terrific piece of journalism: “ODCE claims INM data taken off site and ‘interrogated’ but ‘board did not know’.”

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