Celtic Media

  • The Communications Minister says he acted to the letter of the law when it came to the proposed takeover of the Celtic Media Group by INM.

    Denis Naughten confirmed he had a conversation with someone representing INM about referring the matter to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, before he made it public knowledge that that's what he would do.

    However the Minister says he didn't express a definitive view during that phone call and a referral to the BAI was just one of a range of options.

    Speaking in the Dail Minister Denis Naughten denied he passed insider information to Independent News and Media, contrary to suggestions in a court affidavit filed by the state's corporate watchdog.

  • The Communications Minister Denis Naughten remains under pressure today over the controversy surrounding  a proposed merger of Independent News & Media and the Celtic Media group.

    It's alleged that the Roscommon-based Minister told a representative of INM about a Broadcasting Authority review of the merger deal - two months before he made it public.

    This has led to claims of insider information being given to Independent News and Media, and its largest shareholder Denis O’Brien.

    In the Dail yesterday evening, Minister Denis Naughten says he discussed the issue in a personal capacity, and denied any wrongdoing.


    However,  Fianna Fáil's Communications Spokesperson Timmy Dooley took issue with the Minister discussing the issue with a PR executive working for INM in a personal capacity.


    Last night, the Taoiseach Leo Varadker said Minister Naughten had given a clear explanation.