Serious questions raised by INM/Celtic Media merger revelations - Lynn Boylan MEP
Sinn Féin MEP, Lynn Boylan has expressed her surprise at the latest INM/Celtic Media Merger Revelations.
"The latest revelations disclosed through court documents in the ODCE affidavit on INM raise very serious questions for Minister Naughten, the Government and Heneghan PR.
"An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar claims that the information was not confidential, yet email correspondence between Nigel Heneghan and then INM chairman, Leslie Buckley clearly stated that this information was 'strictly confidential'.
"In addition to that, Minister Naughten appears to have shared this information with Heneghan PR Executive, Eoghan O Neachtáin in November 2016 yet the decision to refer the merger to BAI was not announced publicly until January 2017.
"It is also worrying that if this information was not confidential, as the Government is claiming, why did Heneghan PR not register the phone call with the lobby register?
"If this is a case of a simple phone call between a lobbyist and a Minister about an ongoing government decision why was it not declared as such?
"Minister Naughten will need to clarify before the Dáil today just how much communication he has had with Heneghan PR regarding the INM/Celtic Merger.
"He will also need to address why he was sharing such information with a company that clearly had a conflicted interest in the merger ahead of notifying the public and elected representatives, as well as why that communication was not declared by either his Department or by Heneghan PR."