By John Donovan
According to a report published earlier this evening by the Irish Examiner, it appears that Shell has been cleared of bribing the Irish police.
Under the circumstances I will expect libel writs in the post from those police officers who I have named as being involved in the corruption which took place.
Should I be worried? Not at all.
The verdict of no evidence is in line with the previous internal investigation results by the Irish Police and Shell.
What will it do to the already heavily damaged reputation of the Irish Justice Ministry, the Garda and the Garda Ombudsman Commission, if in fact there is hard evidence proving the OSSL allegations?
That would surely be the final nail in the whole rotten Irish Justice system.
The Irish people deserve better.
Article published by the Irish Examiner 10 July 2014
GSOC: No evidence Corrib Gas gardaí were given alcohol
The Garda Ombudsman Commission says it has found no evidence that Gardaí policing the Corrib Gas project were supplied with alcohol.
It said there is no basis for claims that Gardaí in Belmullet were given alcohol as gifts between 2005 and 2007.
GSOC said it has conducted a thorough investigation and has found “no evidence of the purchase or delivery of alcohol to Garda stations” or of any misconduct by any member of the force.
Article published by RTE News
GSOC rejects complaint that Mayo gardaí given alcohol by Shell
The Gardaí Síochána Ombudsman Commission has found that there is no evidence to suggest that Shell E&P Ireland supplied alcohol to Garda stations in Co Mayo.
A GSOC investigation has also concluded that there was no Garda misconduct in relation to allegations made in this regard.
In a two-page report published this evening, the Ombusdman Commission says the allegations had the potential to undermine confidence in An Garda Síochána.
GSOC carried out the inquiry after receiving two complaints last October from a former contractor on the Corrib Gas project. OSSL was employed by Shell from 2005 to 2010.
The complaints alleged that they had supplied alcohol – on behalf of Shell – to Garda stations in Co Mayo between 2005 and 2007.
They claimed they had reported this to Gardaí in 2011 and that the matter had not been properly investigated.
GSOC says its investigation included numerous interviews with the OSSL complainants, during which they were told of the need to retrieve documents which would provide evidence to substantiate their claims.
The report says that after a meeting about this, the complaints indicated that they would not be co-operating further with the investigation.
The Ombudsman Commission then tried to establish if there was other evidence to support the allegations.
A senior representative of Shell E&P Ireland was interviewed and the company supplied internal documentation to GSOC about its own investigation into the allegations.
A number of gardaí were also interviewed and correspondence with complainants and the force was also reviewed.
At the conclusion of this process, no evidence of the purchase or delivery of alcohol to Garda stations was found.
Shell has welcomed the GSOC findings. In a statement tonight, the company’s Managing Director, Michael Crothers said the allegations had been treated with the utmost gravity.
He said they were contrary to Shell’s business principles and had a negative impact on staff and locals in north Mayo.
IRISH TIMES ARTICLE:
No evidence alcohol supplied to gardaí policing Corrib – GSOC
By Lorna Siggins
The Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has found “no evidence” of the purchase or delivery of alcohol to Garda stations” involved in policing the Corrib gas project “nor of any misconduct of Garda members”.
An Garda Síochána and Shel E&P Ireland have welcomed the two-page report.
The GSOC investigation was initiated last October following two complaints from a partners in a company,OSSL, which was employed by Shell from 2005 to 2010 to provide services to the Corrib gas project.
Irish Examiner article “GSOC refutes Shell drink claims”: Friday 11 July 2014