Denis O'Brien blackmailed?

On The Late Debate last Tuesday Irish Times journalist Colm Keena related an incredible story of how Denis O’Brien was blackmailed over alleged false documentation to the Moriarty Tribunal.

There was a fellow up in the North called Kevin Phelan, he didn’t give evidence to the tribunal but according to the judge he knew that some of the documentation that had been given to the tribunal was false and had been doctored.

He used that information to put pressure on Denis O’Brien and was paid 150,000 Sterling by Denis O’Brien in what the judge said was an effort to get him to desist from his threats to undermine the stories that had been told to the tribunal.