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Shell, KPMG and Corruption in Ireland

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By John Donovan

This is another installment of the OSSL saga, the “Mr Fixit” company for Shell EP Ireland that distributed gifts (bribes) worth tens of thousands of Euros on behalf of Shell, in an attempt to smooth the path of a very controversial project.

We now publish a brief selection of past and current email correspondence involving/relating to Mr Liam Grimes of KPMG Ireland and his alleged involvement in these matters.

OSSL claim that Mr Grimes warned OSSL executives on behalf of Shell that:

“a prison sentence is the likely outcome of being involved in the supply of large amounts of Alcohol to the Irish Police Force and for allowing his company to be used by SHELL for the falsification of invoices  to suit SHELLS purposes in disguising payments in cash and favours for selected MAYO locals …”

If Mr Grimes wishes to issue a categorical denial of his involvement and the allegation about what he purportedly said on behalf of Shell, then it will be added to this article on an unedited basis.

WHEN I FIRST CONTACTED SHELL ABOUT THIS SCANDAL IN SEPT 2012, I SAID THAT IF SHELL INFORMED ME THAT OSSL ALLEGATIONS WERE UNTRUE, OR THE EVIDENCE FABRICATED, I WOULD NOT PUBLISH ANY ARTICLES ON THE SUBJECT. NO SUCH DENIAL WAS MADE. IF SHELL ISSUES A CATEGORICAL DENIAL NOW THAT THESE EVENTS TOOK PLACE, THEN I WILL DELETE EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON THIS WEBSITE CONCERNING THE OSSL ALLEGATIONS. I DO NOT EXPECT TO RECEIVE ANY SUCH DENIAL. SHELL WILL NOT DO SO BECAUSE THE ALLEGATIONS ARE FOUNDED ON FACT.

EMAIL FROM OSSL TO SHELL EP IRELAND CEO, MICHAEL CROTHERS

—–Original Message—–
From: OSSL [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: 22 May 2012 12:26
To: Crothers, Michael J SEPIL-UIE/T/I
Subject: Re: Recent meeting update

Dear Sir

Took your advise and spoke to John Macnally re his meeting with Shell KPMG Mr Grimes .

I wish to make this observation off the record and only as a conversation between our selves and not Shell OSSL .

If you ever want to fill a man with resolve that will fuel him in his determination to see a situation through to an honest conclusion then ,

Firstly … Tell him in front of his legal representative at ten forty five on a Thursday that you SHELL did in fact shut his company down  abruptly, without notice,and immorally .

Then secondly …send the all powerful KPMG to his accounts office at nine am Friday the following day to inform him through his advisor that a prison sentence is the likely outcome of being involved in the supply of large amounts of Alcohol to the Irish Police Force and for allowing his company to be used by SHELL for the falsification of invoices  to suit SHELLS purposes in disguising payments in cash and favours for selected MAYO locals .

Always mindful that the aforementioned acts were carried out on SHELL instructions one wonders if KPMG were in receipt of all the detail to allow them to suggest prison was a real possibility .

Yours in astonishment .

Desmond .

EMAIL FROM LIAM GRIMES OF KPMG IRELAND TO DESMOND KANE OF OSSL

On 22 Mar 2013, at 14:03, “Grimes, Liam” <[email protected]> wrote:

Mr Kane,

I refer to your recent emails.

Your dispute is a commercial one with Shell and we have no role in the matter and no comment to make.

Liam Grimes

EMAIL FROM OSSL TO LIAM GRIMES OF KPMG IRELAND: 8 AUGUST 2013: 09.00

From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]>
Date: 8 August 2013 09:00:26 BST
To: “Grimes, Liam” <[email protected]>
Subject: Your reply to OSSL

Mr Grimes ,

It was a commercial matter you are correct ,but Michael Crothers and your good self changed that to criminal .

We were encouraged to spend 11,000.00 euros on an opinion by Shell which would be laid bare on the table with  a KPMG  opinion ,and a resolution be found therein .

SHELL REFUSED AT THE ELEVENTH HOUR TO SHARE YOUR OPINION WITH US .

THAT’S A FACT !

Police alcohol still remains unpaid .

Please advise .

The OSS Company

EMAIL FROM OSSL TO LIAM GRIMES OF KPMG IRELAND AND VARIOUS SHELL EXECS: 8 AUGUST 2013: 09.19

From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]>
Date: 8 August 2013 09:19:08 BST
To: [email protected], [email protected], Michael Crothers <[email protected]>, Peter Voser <[email protected]>, [email protected], Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]>
Subject: Garda alcohol ..covert gifts …lying to police ….covering tracks

SHELL KPMG DECLARE …..

POLICE ALCOHOL PURLEY COMMERCIAL ……..FALSIFYING INVOICES PURLEY …….
……COMMERCIAL …………   COVERT GIFTS DISGUISED AS WORK DONE ……PURLEY
COMMERCIAL ………….DEFLECTING INVOICES TO THIRD PARTY COMPANIES TO AVOID TRACEABILITY …..PURELY COMMERCIAL……….TRASHING SMALL VENDOR TO COVER TRACKS ……….PURELY COMMERCIAL ………..

…………DON’T THINK SO !!!

OSSL

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