Dáil debates

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

11:00 am

Photo of Mick BarryMick Barry (Cork North Central, Solidarity) | Oireachtas source

The Minister is as aware as I that there are serious concerns about media ownership and control in this country. There is the huge role Independent News and Media plays within the Irish media scene. One individual, a billionaire, has a near 30% stake in that company. The information coming out in the courts has raised serious questions. The Independent News and Media servers were handed over to Trusted Data Solutions for what is known in the trade as interrogation. The Independent News and Media board did not seem to know about it. The bill seems to have been paid by a company called Blaydon, which, according to the Paradise Papers, is a Denis O'Brien company. Those servers would have sensitive data, important issues regarding journalistic sources-----


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