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Ceann Comhairle Welcomes Judgement In The Case Taken By Denis O'Brien.

: 03/31/2017 - 17:09

The Ceann Comhairle, Kildare South Fianna Fáil TD, Sean O'Fearghail has  welcomed the judgement in the case taken by Denis O'Brien over statements made about his banking affairs with the IBRC on the floor of the Dáil.

The businessman claimed the statements effectively decided a case he was taking against RTÉ and therefore strayed into the work of the courts.

Deputies, Pearse Doherty and Kildare North Social Democrat Catherine Murphy argued their comments were protected by Dáil privilege and the High Court has agreed.

Mr. O'Brien wasn’t in court for this morning’s judgement.

In a statement this afternoon, Mr. O'Brien has said he is disappointed by today's judgment and intends to study it in detail before deciding whether to appeal.

However he said he was encouraged by several sections of the adjudication by Ms Justice Úna Ní Raifeartaig.

In particular the businessman highlighted where the judge said this case may throw light on the need for a general examination of the area of parliamentary privilege, particularly when Dail deputies are discussing matters before the courts.

In a statement on the Houses of The Oireachtas website, The Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó’Fearghail TD welcomed the judgement, but will not be in a position to comment further until a detailed examination of the judgement and its implications for the Houses has been concluded.

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