I AM BEMUSED at the ridiculous situation that Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien (known as #redacted on Twitter) has created for the world to view about the way investigative journalism is conducted. James Morrissey, the spokesman for #redacted, uses Irish radio to condemn an Irish parliamentarian, Deputy Catherine Murphy, for “peddling lies” in the Dail (Irish Parliament) but listeners cannot be told what she has alleged. And I cannot tell whether Morrissey is just banging the drum for private banking rights or just earning his pay as counsel.
I am not at Ground Zero of the controversy but I have viewed a YouTube clip  shared after Deputy Catherine Murphy read her statements in the Dáil regarding Denis O’Brien’s (DOB's) banking arrangements with a public entry, the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation and and its special liquidator, Kieran Wallace, whose accountancy firm (KPMG) has been asked by the Government to investigate the dealings of IBRC in relation to certain transactions (including the IBRC’s role in respect of the sale of SiteServ to a company owned beneficially by #redacted).
There are important issues for democracy in Ireland but it's a Bank Holiday Weekend and all the main players are away.
Except the Twitter Machine and the international press motors on.
#redacted was very happy when he got an interlocutory order restraining the broadcasting and publication by the national broadcaster RTÉ of information in relation to his dealings with IBRC and its special liquidator which #redacted claimed was private and confidential to him and IBRC and its liquidator and had been unlawfully divulged to RTÉ. When the judgment was given, those in court were directed not to tweet or publish details about the case. So some of the most trustworthy journalists and researchers who provide sanity and quality to social media cannot weigh in with facts about the case.
The judge is on holiday and has not issued his full and precise reasoning behind the judgment. The judgment itself has to be redacted for publication. Nobody seems to know the precise terms of the interlocutory order. But if you were in court, you do have “notice of it” so you cannot talk or tweet about it.
The international press is having a field day because all good journalists are connected in channels often unknown to the judiciary. Several Deep Throats have offered compelling and accurate background information to the New York Times, Guardian and Wall Street Journal.   Overnight, #redacted has become part of the lexicon of the DOB empire. Wikipedia will have a field day with that fact.
Since Deputy Catherine Murphy put on the record of Dáil Éireann what may or may not be some or all of the same information concerning what she believes about #redacted’s borrowings from IBRC, including what she believes may have happened with the way IBRC and its special liquidator dealt with #redacted, Ireland has been placed in the position where the Irish Legislature and collides with the immovable judiciary. And Irish national media can neither report nor comment on the Dáil proceedings because those proceedings include information related to #redacted.
You can read Murphy's statements on the Oireachtas website. You can also read her verbatim comments on Broadsheet.ie and on the Guardian's electronic edition. Interestingly, #redacted appears unable to summon a troll to join the comment strings in his defence.
When I heard Murphy speak via an online clip (above) on 28 May, her comments sounded relevant to the legislation she was tabling about the terms and conduct of the KPMG inquiry. She raised matters of public interest. The public should be able to listen to all the relevant facts. And if public money is part of a private citizen's banking details, #redacted should know the spotlights of the public will blaze upon the private citizen's financial dealings.
Unfortunately, Irish citizens cannot read what Deputy Murphy said in her speech in the Irish Parliament. Nor can the media comment on her actions. Fortunately, the judiciary does not have the power to silence the online public domain so Twitter, the online guardian and the babblings of Americans rabbit on. Moreover, competitors of #redacted, international bankers and potential business partners can read what is happening. And you cannot actually tell whether anything being revealed about #redacted is true.
Personally, I count this as a big victory for the transparency of electronic media and hope case law defines this moment for the protection of democracy in Ireland because as Michael McDowell writes in the Irish Times, "We are in dangerous territory where the alleged privacy rights of the powerful call into question the freedom of speech of our parliamentarians and of the citizens’ right to know of such matters, and seem to cast doubt on the efficacy of Article 15.12 of our Constitution". 
1. Catherine Murphy's speech is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/cT3KLVWc5tk
2. Stephen Castle -- "Irish Media, Fearing Lawsuits, Steers Clear of a Billionaire" in The New York Times, May 29, 2015.
3. Roy Greenslade -- "Ireland's Media Silenced over MP's Speech about Denis O'Brien" in The Guardian, May 29, 2015.
4. Michael McDowell -- "Controversy over Dáil claims raises serious issues about democracy" in The Irish Times, May 30, 2015.