Seven members of the board of Independent News & Media have filed sworn statements responding to the application by the Director of Corporate Enforcement for the appointment of inspectors to investigate INM's affairs.

A former director, Jerome Kennedy, and INM's IT director in Ireland, Gerry Wilde, have also sworn affidavits.

The board members who have sworn affidavits are INM CEO Michael Doorly, Dr Len O'Hagan, Paul Connolly, Catriona Mullane, Terence Buckley, John Bateson and Seamus Taaffe.

Mr Bateson and Mr Taaffe were appointed to the board on 1 March.

All nine affidavits were filed in the High Court central office this week.

Seven were filed on Tuesday, while those by Mr Connolly and Mr Wilde were filed yesterday.

The High Court was told on Monday that INM is opposing the application by the Director of Corporate Enforcement, Ian Drennan, for appointment of two inspectors to investigate whether INM's affairs have been conducted in an unlawful manner.

High Court President Mr Justice Peter Kelly will decide next Tuesday whether certain material contained in Mr Drennan's detailed affidavit, which was filed on 23 March, is legally privileged.

INM says it had an agreement with the ODCE concerning the use of certain material and argues some of it should not have been included in the affidavit.

A number of parties have made applications seeking access to the document.