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IRISH GOVERNMENT RESPONSE ON OSSL/SHELL SCANDAL

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 14.03.53In addition to these issues being pursued by Irish TD’s seeking the truth, I now intend to bring these matters to the attention of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in relation to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. I will also be circulating a full brief, supported by hard evidence, to every US Senator and Congressman.

By John Donovan

Printed below is a question kindly raised yesterday in the Irish Parliament by Clare Daly TD together with the official response from the Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

My comments are posted under the link to a press statement by Irish Shell.

QUESTION NO: 114
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Ms. Fitzgerald)
by Deputy Clare Daly
for WRITTEN on Thursday, 4th December, 2014.

* To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if she has referred the information brought to her attention in relation to invoices sent from OSSL to Shell and E and P Ireland on 24 August 2012 regarding deliveries of alcohol to Gardaí, to Tax and Customs authorities for investigation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

– Clare Daly

REPLY.
The issue to which the Deputy refers concern allegations made by partners in a private company. The allegations were investigated by the statutory independent Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). No evidence of the purchase or delivery of alcohol to Garda stations, nor of any misconduct of Garda members was found as a result of the investigation.

A full report on that investigation, which was published pursuant to Section 103 of the Garda Siochána Act 2005, is available on the GSOC website. In that Report GSOC indicates that its inquiry began with numerous contacts with the complainants. However, when requested to provide documentary evidence in support of the allegations the company indicated they would no longer be cooperating with the investigation. Despite this lack of cooperation GSOC proceeded with its investigation, by identifying and interviewing relevant Garda personnel, before reaching its final conclusion.

In its Report, GSOC noted that the publicity surrounding these allegations had the potential to undermine confidence in An Garda Síochána. It was in this context that it took the decision to publicly explain, what it describes as, the fair, proportionate and independent investigation of the matter.

It is open to the Deputy to refer the material in question to the tax and customs authorities if she so wishes.

TRANSCRIPT ENDS

PRESS STATEMENT BY IRISH SHELL RELATING TO GSOC FINDINGS

Comments by John Donovan

The investigation by the GSOC was a deeply flawed. The OSSL invoice referred to in the question and in the press statement by Irish Shell was ignored by the GSOC. There was NO investigation of its veracity. No contact with the taxation/revenue authorities. Statements given by OSSL directors were torn up. My own correspondence with the person leading the investigation, Johan Groenewald, provides proof that he ignored evidence.

In addition to these issues being pursued by Irish TD’s seeking the truth, I now intend to bring these matters to the attention of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in relation to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. I will also be circulating a full brief supported by hard evidence to every US Senator and Congressman.  I will be seeking immunity and whistleblower status for OSSL directors in return for their testimony. OSSL insists that it is still owed money by Shell for the alcohol supplied to the Irish Police (the Garda). I understand that OSSL would welcome an investigation of its conduct and is determined that the truth will be revealed, with Irish Shell exposed as a throughly corrupt company.

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