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Sports Direct was among a list of brands criticised for keeping their outlets open despite a nationwide lockdown of all non-essential retail. Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Several high-profile retailers in the Republic have been accused of abusing the current Covid-19 restrictions by staying open while others have been a(...)

Leslie Buckley: in court filings, he says he has ‘no responsibility in law’ for actions regarding an alleged data breach at INM as he is ‘indemnified’ by the group as its executive chairman at the time. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former Independent News & Media (INM) chairman Leslie Buckley hired an IT security expert to scour the newspaper publisher’s email system on the f(...)

Leslie Buckley, the former chairman of Independent News & Media. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Certain members of the so-called “INM 19” whose personal data was allegedly compromised as part of a data leak at Independent News & Media have be(...)

Leslie Buckley, former chairman of INM, opposed the applications by members of the ‘INM 19’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A High Court judge will give his decision in October on applications by a number of people seeking material from a court-appointed investigation into (...)

Former INM  chief executive Vincent Crowley brought his legal action against the company and its former chairman Leslie Buckley in High Court proceedings filed on Friday. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Former Independent News & Media chief executive Vincent Crowley has become the latest individual to take legal proceedings against the media compa(...)

Independent House, on Talbot Street, Dublin. The State’s corporate watchdog is investigating an alleged operation in INM in 2014 to secretly download the newspaper publisher’s back-up IT tapes to search its email system for information about several prominent individuals. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nine more people are suing Independent News and Media and its former chairman Leslie Buckley over alleged data hacking. Journalist Sam Smyth, former (...)

The application was brought on behalf of  journalist Sam Smyth, former INM executive Andrew Donagher, PR executives Mark Kenny, Jonathan Neilan, Harriet Mansergh and Jenny Kilroy and media solicitor Simon McAleese. Photograph: iStock

The High Court has deferred consideration of an application for access to documents by a number of people who claim their personal data was compromise(...)

Former INM chairman Leslie Buckley. ODCE head Ian Drennan’s affidavit contained a series of allegations about the 2014 data leak, including that it was secretly engineered by Mr Buckley, who chaired the board as a representative of its then major shareholder, Denis O’Brien.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Certain members of the so-called INM 19 whose personal data was allegedly compromised as part of a huge data leak at Independent News and Media will o(...)

Former INM chief executive Gavin O’Reilly, who says that when he learned recently which of his emails had been compromised by the hacking, he felt ‘sick and disgusted’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sensitive private information relating to divorce proceedings, children’s welfare and the personal finances of the former chief executive officer of I(...)

Not exactly instagrammable: Conor Pope with ‘the ferny thing I fed orange juice to’. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

The lowest point came when I force fed one of my plants orange juice. I may not be the most green-fingered of folk – despite the fact that I come from(...)

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