Thursday, October 18 15:51:28
The High Court heard today that Karl Brophy, a former executive with Independent News and Media, was sacked at the behest of Denis O'Brien because the telecoms billionaire and INM shareholder.
Former Director of Corporate Affairs and Content Development Karl Brophy is in the High Court trying to stop his dismissal.
He claims he was told last April 27th he was being let go because of his perceived closeness to former INM CEO Gavin O'Reilly.
Mr. Brophy alleges he was told 8 days after the departure of Mr. O'Reilly that his perceived closeness to the former CEO would be problematic going forward for other INM directors and their shareholders.
He also claims he was criticised for his work on the digital strategy of the company and was told that media coverage in the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent on the largest INM shareholder Denis O'Brien and the Moriarty Tribunal had gone too far.
The court has heard when former journalist Karl Brophy was approached by Mr. O'Reilly for the job in 2010 it was explained he may not be flavour of the month with Mr. O'Brien who he libeled in 1998 while writing for the Irish Mirror.
He claims wrongful motives are behind his dismissal from INM and that he has not been given a fair opportunity to deal with allegations of misconduct.