Scribe con­fronts O’Brien in drama at the Gate

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS -

A BAN on Ir­ish Times jour­nal­ists ap­pear­ing on ra­dio sta­tions con­trolled by De­nis O’Brien was fol­lowed by a dra­matic clash of ti­tans in the Gate The­atre.

The ban was an­nounced on Thurs­day. That even­ing, Ir­ish Times jour­nal­ist Kitty Hol­land was in the Gate when she spot­ted the bil­lion­aire owner of Com­mu­ni­corp.

Ms Hol­land told the Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day that she con­fronted Mr O’Brien about the ‘lu­di­crous ban’ af­ter the play. He told her the ban had noth­ing to do with him but that New­stalk had to take a stand. She said O’Brien also re­ferred to Fin­tan O’Toole as a ‘nasty jour­nal­ist’.

‘It was all very po­lite but a ro­bust en­gage­ment,’ said Hol­land. ‘We were go­ing down the stairs, I said: “We’re all very sad in the Ir­ish Times be­cause we won’t be able to be on your ra­dio pro­grammes any more.”

‘He kind of laughed and said: “We have to take a stand.”’

‘He said every­one in New­stalk was up in arms about the Ir­ish Times.’

A spokesman for De­nis O’Brien told the MoS last night that the busi­ness­man was ‘not in­volved in the de­ci­sion as re­gards the Ir­ish Times’.

hunTEd: De­nis O’Brien

hunTER: Kitty Hol­land

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