By John Donovan
According to an insider source, the Irish Police Garda Ombudsman Commission has reopened and expanded an investigation into evidence of corruption surrounding the Corrib Gas Project in Ireland.
I understand that this development was prompted by new evidence published on this website in relation to the whistleblower Irish company OSSL. Its directors have admitted distributing bribes on behalf of the Shell led project consortium.
This apparent development seems to be at odds with a statement issued by the Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, in the Irish Parliament on 4 December 2014.
OSSL strenuously denies allegations that it has attempted to blackmail Shell and its project partners, Statoil and Vermilion. Shell has provided written proof that it has received hundreds of money demands from OSSL for the alcohol.
The new evidence includes a 42 minute covertly recorded meeting in late July 2014 between OSSL and its then solicitor, Mr Marc Fitzgibbon, who confirmed his presence along with OSSL directors at three high level meetings with Shell when the alcohol was discussed. This is the €30,000 worth of alcohol brought across the Irish/Northern Ireland border by OSSL (smuggled?) and delivered as a Christmas gift to the Irish police by OSSL, all on the instruction of its corrupt client, Shell.
Irish Shell CEO’s Terry Nolan and his successor Michael Crothers are personally implicated in this extraordinary scandal.
The former CEO of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Peter Voser and his successor, Ben van Beurden and the current Chairman, Jorma Ollila, have all had direct discussions on the various allegations with Mr Desmond Kane of OSSL in The Hague. This is confirmed in a recording made by Shell without the knowledge of Mr Kane. We have a transcript as a result of a legal application to Shell under the UK Data Protection Act.