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Shattering weekend for Alan Shatter, Irish Justice Minister

In the past few days, there have calls for the resignation of the Irish Justice Minister, Mr. Alan Shatter, who dealt with the OSSL corruption allegations against Shell EP Ireland raised in the Irish Parliament on my behalf and engaged in correspondence with me on the subject. I reached the conclusion that he was incompetent and useless. Many Irish people might even think that he has been part of an establishment cover-up.

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By John Donovan

Chaos reigns in Ireland, with a scandal engulfing the Irish government, the Irish Police (the Garda), The Police Commissioner and the Irish Police Ombudsman –  the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). This follows news relating to police whistleblowers and the discovery that an unknown party apparently bugged the offices of the Police Ombudsman offices.

A retired judge has been appointed to conduct an inquiry to establish the facts about the controversy.

In the past few days there have calls for the resignation of the Irish Justice Minister, Mr. Alan Shatter, who dealt with the OSSL corruption allegations against Shell EP Ireland raised in the Irish Parliament on my behalf and engaged in correspondence with me on the subject. I reached the conclusion that he was incompetent and useless. Many Irish people might even think that he has been part of an establishment cover-up.

Irish Mirror: War over whistleblower scandal splits the cabinet

Irish Independent: Shatter has finally lost touch with reality

Sunday World:Fianna Fail call on Shatter to resign over ‘hat’trick of failings’

Newstalk 106-108 fm: Fianna Fail says Shatter has to go

Irish Independent: Shatter was ‘misadvised’ about whistleblower co-operation

The Police Ombudsman office has for several months been investigating whistleblower allegations made by Shell’s “Mr Fixit” for the controversial Corrib Gas Project in Ireland, OSSL.

The small company alleges that it was the conduit for Shell sponsored corruption, including bribery involving free alcohol for 200 cops. It has provided as evidence an OSSL invoice to Shell naming senior police officers. One of whom, a Chief Superintendent, actually helped unload a van full of booze for distribution to police officers, alleged by Shell to Sea protesters, to be acting as “Shell’s Cops.”

The Shell led Corrib Gas project has been delayed by years and is miles over budget. The bribes were meant to smooth progress.

It is not yet known whether Shell supplied to the GSOC a copy of the evidence Shell assembled in an internal investigation involving senior Shell officials from The Hague. It would certainly be vital evidence along with sworn testimonies already supplied to the GSOC by OSSL directors.

OSSL intends to discuss the bribery scandal with Shell’s new CEO Ben van Beurden at the upcoming Royal Dutch Shell Plc AGM. Last year Desmond Kane of OSSL was pacified by the pledges made to him at the AGM by the then CEO Peter Voser, who subsequently prudently opted for early retirement.

Mr Kane is likely to be more forthright this time.

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