Ian Drennan

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Director of Corporate Enforcement Ian Drennan expressed serious concern that INM’s IT director Gerry Wilde and deputy IT director Ronan McCarthy did not know “the specifics” about the removal of INM back-up tapes. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The State’s corporate enforcer has said it was “extraordinary” that Independent News & Media’s two most senior IT staff had “such a lack of knowle(...)

Seven members of the board of Independent News & Media (INM) have filed sworn statements in response to an application by the corporate watchdog to appoint inspectors to investigate the conduct of the media group’s affairs.

Seven members of the board of Independent News & Media (INM) have filed sworn statements in response to an application by the corporate watchdog t(...)

Independent House.The court papers deal with the 2016 row that broke out between former INM chairman Leslie Buckley and former chief executive Robert Pitt over the price tag of a bid for Newstalk. Photograph: ©Fran Veale

The affidavit filed by the State’s corporate enforcer, Ian Drennan, as part of his application to have court inspectors appointed to Independent News (...)

In 2012, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland examined Denis O’Brien’s level of control over INM, after he effectively led a campaign that forced Gavin O’Reilly out as chief executive, and concluded he did not have a controlling interest in the paper. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) said there was “no requirement” to review its determination that Denis O’Brien does not control Independe(...)

Leslie Buckley: Mr Buckley, then INM chairman, texted Denis O’Brien on January 12th, 2017, after Minister for Communications Denis Naughten officially announced he was referring the takeover to the BAI. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former Independent News & Media chairman Leslie Buckley told the company’s biggest shareholder Denis O’Brien that the decision to refer the compa(...)

Former INM chairman Leslie Buckley forwarded information obtained from Minister for Communications Denis Naughten through a PR consultant to the group’s main shareholder within half an hour, according to documents opened in the High Court this week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On November 10th, 2016 the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), which signs off on mergers and takeovers, approved Independent News (...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten speaking in the Dáil this afternoon on the INM controversy. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten said there was “nothing wrong or inappropriate” for him to tell anyone he would take advice on sending a pr(...)

If INM fails in its judicial review case, the application for the appointment of inspectors to the media group will then be heard.

The application for the appointment of High Court inspectors to Independent News & Media (INM), the largest private media organisation in the Stat(...)

INM’s largest shareholder Denis O’Brien and former company chairman Leslie Buckley. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The then chairman of Independent News & Media (INM) suggested in 2016 that the group should be run so as to maximise returns for shareholders Deni(...)

Denis O’Brien, centre: he said he had been subjected to “extraordinary” and intensifying levels of media coverage that suggested wrongdoing on his part. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Businessmen Denis O’Brien has accused the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) of leaking damaging details about him from court pape(...)

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