NI Water: Contractor starts legal proceedings against MacKenzie and the Bel Tel

Slugger understands that Sue Holmes – whose contract with NI Water sparked what some might term an internal witch hunt – has started legal proceedings against the Belfast Telegraph and Laurence MacKenzie for an alleged breach of a confidentiality agreement she signed with NI Water. Slugger understands Ms Holmes also has other actions in play.

Given Mr MacKenzie’s recent directive against any member of staff talking to UTV, it is not clear how this news will go down inside the company. And, Slugger also understands, she may not be the last to resort to such actions.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty