Moriarty Tribunal Publishes Final Report

The Moriarty Tribunal has published its second and final report into the acquisition of the second mobile phone licence to Esat Digifone in 1996.

Established in 1997, the inquiry looked into the financial affairs of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey and former Fine Gael communications Minister Michael Lowry.

This final report investigates the links between businessman Denis O'Brien and Michael Lowry.

In 1995, while Mr Lowry was Communications Minister, Denis O'Brien's Digifone was awarded Ireland's second mobile phone licence.

The report indicates 'beyond doubt' that Michael Lowry shared information with Denis O'Brien 'of significant value and assistance to him in securing the licence'.


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