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Shell’s man inside the Garda: Superintendent Joe Gannon

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I have recently reported on the daily email bombardment of Royal Dutch Shell executives by the disgruntled former “Mr Fixit” company for Shell in Ireland: OSSL

The email below provides more information about Shell’s attempt to bully an eye witness into giving perjured evidence to an official inquiry relating to a violent confrontation with Corrib Gas Project protestors, including a leader of  the Shell to Sea campaign, Maurah Harrington.

Shell was apparently absolutely desperate to protect its man inside the Irish Police force, Superintendent Joe Gannon, one of the many Garda, including other senior officers, who accepted the pernicious hospitality of Shell. 

The eye witness in question, Neil Rooney, was a Shell contractor whose job depended on pleasing Shell, which ruthlessly misused this hold over him and his small company. 

This weekend, the whole scandal will hopefully cross a threshold into a new dimension, whereby it will be impossible for the Irish government to stem the fall out.

I have inserted asterisks where needed.

From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]>
Date: 4 August 2013 09:25:46 BST
To: [email protected], [email protected], Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]>, Des Kane <[email protected]>, [email protected], Charles Hornsby <[email protected]>
Subject: An open note to Shell only …….for now from Neil Rooney

Your CEO Terry Nolan by email asked me to attend Pullatomish pier and supervise the placement of a small cabin for welfare facilities at the pier for the use of Shell and Shell contractors.

All permissions were in place he told me but he expected trouble from locals so be aware and be alert whilst there.

Fast forward to all you now know about the incident  all on u tub.

When the trouble kicked off a senior policeman approached me “who is the senior Shell man here “he asked.

If you look up the hill  I told him you see them man hurrying away towards that jeep “yes ” that’s the Shell man the only one here .

“Who are you “asked the policeman  I’m just safely delivering a cabin for Shell “ok you’ll do ”
“What do you think should we should do now ”

I replied very clearly ” I think we should get to f*** out of here while we can ” (check u tube for mood at this moment ).

The senior policeman replied ” I DON’T THINK SO YOU HAVE ALL YOU PERMISSIONS TO BE HERE I AM GOING TO DRIVE THESE F*****S INTO THE SEA “

You know the rest,

SHELL TOLD ME THE POLICEMAN WAS CALLED JOE GANNON I DON’T KNOW HIM OTHER THAN THE EXCHANGES ABOVE WE SHARED .

Terry Nolan Tom Hooft and others insisted I make a statement on the matter in Shells offices in Bangor Erris  this I did you have it in your files.

CEO of Shell Terry Nolan called to the offices of OSSL across the road from Shell offices with a man called JOHN CRONIN of Shell he instructed MR CRONIN to to leave the premises with two of my colleagues and have tea across the road in Cuffes Cafe  (Cronin and two others confirm this ).

Mr Nolan the CEO of Shell informs me that a situation has developed regarding JOE GANNON
He explains that an enquiry has been launched in to the pier incident, he states the following

They ? Are trying to hang JOE out to dry ?

JOE is our man

JOE has to be protected at all costs

Your statement is not suitable it must be changed he demands.

Your machine driver  must also be made aware that he will be approached by the enquiry team you must inform him what to say …..

Remember JOE is our man ….

This is how Shell handled the situation   NOTHING LEFT OUT NOTHING ADDED IN

On at least two dozen occasions SHELL SENIOR CORRIB MANAGEMENT told me to get out of the street in Bangor as there was nothing left for OSSL on the project ….they even made suggestions what I should do for future employment and business ……

CRONIN WHO DRANK TEA WITH OSSL MOST DAYS AT THAT PERIOD IN TIME WAS MADE AWARE OF THESE  REMARKS COMING FROM SHELL HE SAID HE WAS VERY ANGRY ABOUT IT ………BUT DID NOTHING ……WHEN MADE AWARE OF THE NOLAN DEMANDS THAT I LIE TO THE POLICE …………HE SAID THAT IS F***ING DYNAMITE BUT BE VERY CAREFUL .

EMAIL ENDS

The Garda remains the subject of public ridicule on YouTube over the Shell alcohol corruption scandal.

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