Denis O'Brien case adjourned for two weeksTuesday 09 February 2016 23.23
Denis O'Brien's legal action against the State has been adjourned for two weeks after his lawyers told the High Court that a discovery application aimed at giving him access to minutes of a Dáil Committee meeting could be struck out.
Mr O'Brien had previously sought orders for discovery for the minutes of two meetings of the Dáil Committee on Procedures and Privileges.
The meetings concerned the committee’s decision that two TDs, Catherine Murphy and Pearse Doherty, had not breached standing orders in making remarks in the Dáil about Mr O'Brien's banking affairs with IBRC.
The discovery application had been brought as part of his High Court action against the committee and the State over the remarks made in the Dáil.
A full hearing of the case will take place at a later date but this morning lawyers for Mr O'Brien said the discovery application could be struck out on consent.
Mr O'Brien claims the Dáil speeches effectively determined his legal action against RTÉ last year in which he sought to prevent disclosure of his banking affairs.
He claims the speeches were made in breach of his right to fair procedures and amounted to unwarranted interference by the Oireachtas with the operation of the courts.
The case returns to court in two weeks but a hearing date has not been set.