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Ben Dunne at one of his gyms,  Westpoint, in Blanchardstown, Co Dublin. However, his place in Irish society was built on his time running the family retail business, Dunnes Stores. Photograph: Eric Luke

Newspaper birthday lists and online encyclopaedias usually note Ben Dunne’s birthday as March 3rd. Yet the official documents for every one of his reg(...)

 Mario Rosenstock

For someone who says he’s never presented his own radio show, Mario Rosenstock makes a good first impression as a debutante host. The only problem is (...)

Independent House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The former chief executive of Independent News & Media, Vincent Crowley, and former journalist Rory Godson have been granted access to documents r(...)

The ODCE wants inspectors to investigate an alleged data breach at INM. Photograph: Frank Miller

The president of the High Court has fixed July 10th to hear the State corporate watchdog’s application to have inspectors appointed to investigate an (...)

The nature of that application was not identified when the matter was mentioned briefly before the High Court on Thursday but it is understood the Central Bank was considering seeking access to the documents related to the application by the Director of Corporate Enforcement, Ian Drennan (ODCE).

The Central Bank of Ireland has told the High Court it is not proceeding with an application relating to proceedings in which the State’s corporate wa(...)

Leo Varadkar said he only bumped into Denis O’Brien in Davos. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted he did not have a private meeting with businessman Denis O’Brien when he attended the recent World Economic Forum (...)

Mr Justice Peter Kelly worried aloud that bespoke redactions could make the case so difficult to follow that it could become akin to a “Chinese opera”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

If the public finds it difficult to follow the Byzantine legal case that has enmeshed Independent News & Media (INM) in recent weeks, try being th(...)

Under the arrangements for access, documents will be provided to the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), former INM chairman Leslie Buckley, journalist Sam Smyth, the former head of INM’s Irish operations Joe Webb and former INM company secretary Andrew Donogher. Photograph: Fran Veale

The president of the High Court has approved arrangements governing access to documents to be used for an application by the State’s corporate watchdo(...)

The corporate watchdog wants to find out why it appears data was removed from INM’s premises and subjected to a months-long “interrogation” on the instruction of the then INM chairman, Leslie Buckley,  above. Photograph: Alan Betson

The State’s corporate watchdog warned there were “very serious public interest issues” concerning the freedom of the press arising from a suspected ma(...)

Denis O’Brien: alleged influence he wielded over INM lies at the heart of the ODCE’s investigation. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Conversations on Dublin’s Talbot Street typically concern its bargain clothes and mobile phone shops. One day in May 2015, however, an unusual chat to(...)

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