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OSSL Whistleblower Email Sent to Irish Police, Irish Times and Shell on 28 August 2015

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From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]>

Date: 28 August 2015 08:10:45 BST

To: Pearse_Street_DS <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], Commissioner <[email protected]>, “<[email protected]>” <[email protected]>, Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]>, [email protected]

Subject: Corrib CEO ..a Shell man …the day the nightmare began …top cop Gannon.

The Shell CEO appointed to Corrib, accompanied by his Local liaison officer unannounced arrived in the premises of OSSL.

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Shell urges ‘prompt processing’ of Corrib pipeline application

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Lorna Siggins: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

Shell E&P Ireland has urged the Department of Energy to ensure “prompt processing” of its application to operate the Corrib gas pipeline, as it says that “all of the elements of the Corrib gas field are in an advanced state of readiness”.

The company has submitted an application to the department for permission to operate the 91 kilometre-long high pressure pipeline in north Mayo under section 40 of the Gas Acts. Details of the application were not available on the department’s website on Wednesday.

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Shell seeks permission to operate Corrib gas pipeline

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by Joe Leogue: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Shell Ireland has officially applied to the Government for permission to operate the controversial pipeline from the Corrib gas field off the coast of Mayo.

The application is the first to be made under the Gas Act since the completion of its construction.

The pipeline is a joint venture by the Corrib Gas Partners which comprises Shell E&P Ireland Limited, Statoil, and Vermillion.

The application was sent to Minister for Communications, Energy, and Natural Resources Alex White on Tuesday, August 18.

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HSA refers Corrib tunnel death investigation to DPP

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Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 19.22.09Lorna Siggins: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

Health and Safety Authority has referred the findings of its investigation into the death of a German national in the Corrib gas tunnel almost two years ago to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The authority confirmed to The Irish Times yesterday that it has completed its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Lars Wagner (26) in the tunnel under construction in north Mayo on September 8th, 2013.

Mr Wagner, who was single and from Offenburg in southern Germany, sustained fatal head injuries when a compressed air pipe reportedly came free.

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Shell accused of providing £25,000 in alcohol to police

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Wednesday 22 Jul 2015

Shell has been accused of supplying £25,000 in alcohol to Irish police officers by two suppliers to an Irish gas project.

Desmond Kane and Neil Rooney both claimed in court that they were told by someone from Shell E&P Ireland to buy the alcohol, according to the Irish Journal.

Rooney told Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court that he was asked by senior pipeline engineer Conor Byrne to make the delivery in 2007.

He said he initially bought £7,000 worth of alcohol but was told by Byrne ‘you stupid c**t, there’s over 300 guards here, you’ll have to go back and get more’.

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Shell asked for £25,000 worth of alcohol to be delivered to gardaí in Mayo, court told

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The detailed claims were made in a Mayo court last week.

TWO FORMER SUPPLIERS to the Corrib gas project told a jury they supplied £25,000-worth of alcohol to gardaí in 2007 on behalf of Shell E&P Ireland.

The allegations were made by Desmond Kane and Neil Rooney, co-owners of OSSL, which had previously supplied personal protective equipment for the Corrib gas project in north Mayo.

Both claimed that a person from Shell E&P Ireland asked them to buy alcohol in Northern Ireland and store it in a container at the back of their premises in Bangor Erris.

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Men tell court they supplied alcohol to Belmullet Gardaí for Shell

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Under oath, Mr Neil Rooney claimed that the first delivery of alcohol to Belmullet Garda Station was made in 2005, and that in 2007, he was asked by Conor Byrne, a Senior Pipeline Engineer with Shell, to make a large delivery.

Mr Rooney, from Downpatrick, Co Down, said he went to the north and bought £7,000 worth of alcohol. When Mr Byrne saw the amount of alcohol, Mr Rooney claimed he was told there were 300 gardaí in Erris and to get more. He said he bought another £18,000 worth of alcohol.

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Trial shown footage of protesters at Shell compound

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The jury in the trial of two Shell protesters were shown video footage of the protest where up to 70 protesters entered a Shell compound in north Mayo.

The video footage was captured by CCTV at the compound and by security officers policing the site when the protesters entered the Shell compound at Aughoose, Pollathomas in Co Mayo on June 23rd, 2013.

Gerry Bourke of Aughoose, Pollathomas Co Mayo and Liam Heffernan of Kilnagear, Belcarra, Castlebar, Co Mayo are on trial in Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court both charged with violent disorder and criminal damage as a result of the protest.

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As can be seen from the Irish Times article printed below, an Irish Shell manager was cross-examined under oath yesterday in court, about the free Shell alcohol used to reward Irish cops for their services (brutalising protesters) 

By John Donovan

The Irish Police (the Garda) are currently investigating allegations of harassment by recipients of bribes made on behalf of Shell by its then “Mr Fixit” company, OSSL.

The directors of OSSL are the subjects of the investigation, which the Garda warns may result in criminal charges.

I note that the recipients of the bribes are not suing for defamation on the grounds that the bribery allegations are untrue, but instead are complaining bitterly about being constantly reminded by OSSL that they caved in to Shell corruption. They accepted valuable gifts to smooth the path of the troubled Corrib project. 

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EPA turns down oral hearing request on Corrib gas project licence

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EPA turns down oral hearing request on Corrib gas project licence

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Lorna Siggins: Friday, 3 July 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has turned down requests for an oral hearing into a revised licence sought by Shell E&P Ireland for the Corrib gas project in north Mayo.

The revised licence covering atmospheric and marine emissions from the Corrib gas refinery is one of the last State authorisations required before the project becomes fully operational.

Shell had received its original EPA licence in 2007, but sought a review after it agreed to a demand by Erris fishermen that “treated produced water” from the refinery be discharged out at the well head, rather than some 12 km offshore.

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The lessons for all from the Corrib Gas project in North Mayo

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Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 10.01.13The lessons for all from the Corrib Gas project in North Mayo

Major infrastructure that is years behind schedule and massively over budget

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Corrib Gas project represents a cautionary example of how large industrial developments should not be handled by governments or multinational companies. A lack of consultation and sensitivity to local concerns in the initial stages led gradually to resistance and confrontation. Smouldering resentment over what objectors regarded as unqualified state support for the developer caught fire when five protesters, concerned about the safety of a gas pipeline and its proximity to their homes, were jailed on an application from Shell. From there, there was no going back.

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Irish Company Freely Admits Distributing Bribes On Behalf of Shell

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Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 19.31.15PHOTO CAPTION FROM RECENT IRISH TIMES ARTICLE: Bríd McGarry, a Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were jailed in 2005 for refusing to give an undertaking not to obstruct the construction of the Corrib gas pipe line. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Printed below is a comment on the Irish Times article received from OSSL, the Irish firm currently the subject of an investigation by the Irish police (the Garda) for alleged harassment of parties who received bribes distributed by OSSL on behalf of their disreputable employer, Irish Shell. 

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Corrib gas cost overruns deprive State of €600m in tax

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Corrib gas cost overruns deprive State of €600m in tax

The €2.4 billion cost overrun is largely as a consequence of opposition to the project, which was stimulated in part by poor management of it at its outset.

Peter Murtagh: Tuesday 30 June 2015

The huge cost overrun on Corrib gas, the single most expensive energy infrastructure project in Ireland and the largest since the Ardnacrusha hydroelectric scheme on the Shannon in the 1920s, will deprive the Government of an estimated €600 million in tax revenue.

The €600 million represents 25 per cent of the project’s likely cost overrun of €2.4 billion, much of which was incurred because of changes made to the project since it began.

Had this additional €2.4 billion not been spent on development costs, an extra €600 million would have been paid to the exchequer as tax on profit, which for exploration companies is levied at 25 per cent. However, like all companies, Shell Exploration and Production Ireland, which is a partner with Statoil of Norway and Vermilion Energy of Canada, can write off capital development costs against taxation.

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Corrib gas: Black starts, intelligent pigs and the mechanics of extraction

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Corrib gas: Black starts, intelligent pigs and the mechanics of extraction

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 19.31.15Peter Murtagh: Monday, 29 June 2015

The mechanics of extracting gas from the Corrib field appear simple enough. It is only when one gets into the detail of the engineering that the complexities emerge.

This is an environment in which a relatively small number of people can spend years – in remote places such as Sakhalin Island in the far east of Russia, in the Middle East, or on rigs in the North Sea – living intense lives in dangerous conditions and sometimes speaking a language alien to others.

They talk about “slug catchers” and “intelligent pigs”, about Christmas trees at the bottom of the sea, and about “black starts” – no one wants a black start, but if you are going to operate a terminal like the one now being tested at Bellanaboy in Mayo, someday for sure, you are going to have to do a black start.

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The Corrib legacy: what the protests achieved

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A rerouting of the pipeline and greater public awareness of how Ireland treats its natural resources were among the positive outcomes of the Shell to Sea, campaigners say

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Bríd McGarry, a Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were jailed in 2005 for refusing to give an undertaking not to obstruct the construction of the Corrib gas pipe line. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Lorna Siggins: Monday June 29, 2015

“You’ve gone very quiet up there.” North Mayo resident Mary Corduff reckons that if she had a euro for every time she heard this remark over the past few months, her purse could be pretty full. “People think because they don’t see us on protesting on the television that we have accepted this, but we haven’t,” Corduff says, looking out of her farmhouse window towards the Corrib gas refinery several miles away.

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The Shell Corrib impact: business boomed and friendships died

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The Corrib impact: business boomed and friendships died

As the gas is about to be brought onshore, Peter Murtagh takes a tour of the Corrib gas plant and speaks to people affected by its arrival.

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SAT, Jun 27, 2015

Gas is expected to come later this year to the Shell terminal in Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, through the controversial pipeline that rises from the Atlantic seabed 83km offshore. The terminal is currently being commissioned and tested. As gas passes through the terminal, impurities will be removed and pressure adjusted before the gas is pumped into the Bord Gáis network.

Outside the terminal, at Glengad and Aghoose, the start and end points of the 4.9km tunnel under Sruwaddacon Bay, work to restore the landscape is under way.

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Shell challenges facets of last license needed for Corrib project

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Shell challenges facets of last license needed for Corrib project

TUESDAY, 19 MAY 2015

Áine Ryan

SHELL E&P Ireland has challenged facets  of nine conditions attached to the proposed revised Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) emissions licence for the Corrib gas project. The company is among seven other groups or individuals which have made  valid objections to the revised licence.    

The objectors include a group of 64 residents from members of communities living in Rossport, Pollathomas and Glengad. Over the last decade, they say they have experienced ‘spills, sinkholes, light and noise pollution, changes to the land and the waters and breaches of regulations’.

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Shell’s objection takes issue with aspects of nine conditions attached to the revised licence which the EPA is likely to grant. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Lorna Siggins: 13 May 12015

Shell E&P Ireland is author of one of eight objections submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over a revised emissions licence for the Corrib gas project. Seven other valid objections to the revised licence include two requests for an oral hearing which the EPA says its board will consider “at a future date”.

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IRELAND: 1100 People Call on EPA not to Grant Shell Emissions Licence

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News Release – Issued by Shell to Sea – May 11th, 2015 – For immediate release

Last week 1100 people signed a petition calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject Shell’s application for an Industrial Emissions Licence for the Shell/Corrib Gas refinery at Bellanaboy, Co Mayo. They have also called for an oral hearing to be held into the application. The petition was started by the Shell to Sea campaign and was hosted by the “Avaaz” community petitions website. [1]

Shell are currently unable to operate the Bellanaboy refinery as their earlier Emissions Licence was quashed by the High Court last year.  Martin Harrington successfully took the challenge on the basis that the EPA was wrong in granting Shell an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) licence before undertaking an Environmental Impact Assessment. [2]

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Mayo men sue gardaí over alleged brutality at Shell to Sea protest

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Article from published Wed 29 April 2015

Mayo men sue Irish Cops over alleged brutality at Shell to Sea protest *(were the cops tipsy?)

Three Mayo men are suing for damages over alleged garda brutality at a Shell to Sea protest eight years ago.

Patrick Coyle, and brothers Patrick and Martin O’Donnell, claim they were assaulted at Bellanaboy bridge on January 19, 2007.

It is the men’s case that gardaí displayed brutality and indiscipline during a protest outside the Shell oil refinery at Bellanaboy.

They claim Patrick Coyle was punched in the face and struck on the back of the head while trying to stop another demonstrator being pulled from the line of protesters by gardaí.

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From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]>

Date: 24 April 2015 07:29:29 BST

To: “Belmullet.DistrictOffice” <[email protected]>, “<[email protected]>” <[email protected]>, [email protected], Commissioner <[email protected]>

Subject: police alcohol DPP has Belmullet Policewoman investigating Belmullet delivery with a …view to prosecuting the Shell vendor who delivered the Shell / Garda joint venture alcohol .

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Another can of worms for Shell

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By John Donovan

The lid on the corruption scandal in Ireland involving a “Mr Fix” company OSSL, its client Shell E&P Ireland, and various recipients of Shell’s generous bribes distributed by OSSL, keeps coming off. 

Recipients have included senior Irish Police Officers, who took delivery of £30,000 of free alcohol kindly supplied by Shell. 

One local family had a tennis court installed at their property as another spectacular gift from Shell. They must think it’s perfectly normal for an oil company to install tennis courts to buy influence.

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RTE failed to truthfully inform the public on Corrib Gas Project

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Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 08.21.21— Shell to Sea send submission on RTE’s Public Service Statement —

12 April 2015

RTÉ – Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster

Shell to Sea have today sent in a submission to RTE as part of RTE’s public consultation on the updating of their Public Service Statement [1]. In the submission, Shell to Sea claimed that RTE had failed to inform the public in an honest and balanced manner on the Corrib Gas project.

In the submission nine examples of RTE bias over the course of the more than decade long community campaign against the Corrib Gas project were highlighted.

One of the examples given related to the so-called “Garda Rape tape” over which RTE were forced by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to issue an apology, after a news item broadcast on July 28th 2011 was deemed by the BAI to be “inaccurate”, “unfair” and “harmful” to a Corrib campaigner. This related to Gardaí being inadvertently recorded joking about threatening to rape the two women who were in their custody. At the time of the incident the Garda Commissioner acknowleged the incident had happened and apologised for the incident occurring. Despite this RTE subsequently attempted to create the impression that the recording of the incident had been “altered” or “tampered with”. [2]

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Corporate espionage: Shell Cloak and Dagger activities

John Donovan, Co-Founder Royal Dutch Shell

By John Donovan

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43Corporate espionage: Shell Cloak and Dagger activities spanning more than two decades – much of it directed against me 


  • Infiltrated spies into the Nigerian government 
  • Was responsible for covert operations against Greenpeace and other perceived enemies, using a serving secret service agent freelancing for a private spy firm closely connected with Shell
  • Employed private security contractors on the Corrib Gas Project to carry out surveillance operations in Ireland against the public and the press
  • Secretly applied pressure to The Sunday Times and The Financial Times in an attempt to suppress news coverage about me

In a recent Daily Mail article about Shell’s takeover bid for the BG Group, reference was made to a  ‘cloak and dagger’ meeting between Shell’s chief executive Ben van Beurden and the chairman of BG Group, Andrew Gould, at The Dorchester Hotel.

It was obviously an important commercially sensitive meeting, but it hardly compares with the real ‘cloak and dagger’ activity for which Shell has been responsible over the decades, some of it directed at me and my late father, Alfred Donovan.

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Photo: John Donovan: Co-founder Royal Dutch Shell


Response from The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission on 2 April 2015


(£30,000 worth of free alcohol given as a Christmas Gift to Garda officers.)

On 25 March 2015, I sent an email to the GSOC at the written invitation of Irish Justice Minister Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D. supplying new evidence pertaining to the OSSL allegations against Shell E&P Ireland.  

It was in the form of an audio file and related transcript of a covertly recorded meeting between OSSL directors and their Dublin solicitor, Mr Marc Fitzgibbon. He suspected that the meeting was being recorded by OSSL, but said he was not concerned if it was. The alcohol was mentioned over 60 times in the recorded meeting.

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Shelling Out Sweeteners

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The Irish satirical website has published an extensive article about Shell sponsored corruption in Ireland involving gifts (bribes) of up to €900,000 in value.  

The website has published two key items; an invoice sent to Shell E&P Ireland by its agent OSSL for £30,000 worth of alcohol supplied to named senior police officers and a transcript of a covertly recorded 42 minute meeting between OSSL and its Dublin solicitor when the alcohol was mentioned over 60 times.

The solicitor in question Mr Marc Fitzgibbon, attended multiple high level meetings with Shell when the supposedly non-existent alcohol was freely discussed. 

Shell has acknowledged receipt of the OSSL invoice raised years after the alcohol was supplied. It should be a simple matter for the police or tax authorities to investigate whether the invoice is legitimate.

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Third Successive Year of OSSL Pre-AGM Bombardment of Shell Underway

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By John Donovan

The third successive year of a pre-AGM email bombardment of Shell by its former “Mr Fixit” company in Ireland, OSSL, is fully underway.

Several emails are sent every day by OSSL, not just to top executives at Shell, such as Ben van Beurden  but to the Irish Justice Minister and Senior Irish Police Officers.

The subject is always the same.

The alcohol purchased by OSSL on behalf of Shell, which OSSL distributed to senior Irish police officers on behalf of Shell. Police officers who took delivery are named in the emails. They were also named in a taxation invoice sent to Shell by OSSL for some £30,000 worth of police alcohol. 

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Corrib Gas still set to flow this year, says Shell spokesperson

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An 800 metre section of a water discharge pipe, which will carry treated surface water from the terminal at Bellanaboy in north Mayo 12 kilometres out to sea once the plant is opertional, had come loose from the seabed and was floating on the surface of Broadhaven Bay two weeks ago.

However, the problem has not had any impact on the target date to have gas flowing by the middle of this year.

A spokesperson for Shell E&P Ireland said the ducting has now been temporarily repositioned on the seabed and remediation work is ongoing to find a more permanent solution within the next few weeks.

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Shell led Corrib Gas Pipeline Project comes unstuck

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Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 16.37.36Article by Norma Costello published 23 March 2015 by under the headline:

A Massive Pipe Came Loose in an Atlantic Gas Field and Irish Environmentalists Are Not Happy

The Corib Gas pipeline project by the Western Irish fishing village of Rossport, County Mayo, has always been a source of controversy. It was established amid arrests and police batons, against the wishes of locals and environmental protesters. The project is supposed to start pumping gas this summer, and those activists remain convinced that extracting fossil fuels from an area famed for its natural beauty is a bad idea.

Just over a week ago, an 800 metre pipe that was supposed to be fixed to the sea-bed floated to the surface. Feeling that their fears may have been justified, local activists are demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) looks into it. I contacted the EPA who had previously said they would be investigating the issue. When I asked whether members of the EPA would visit the site, I was told they “don’t consider it necessary at this time”.

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John Donovan invited by Irish Justice Minister to provide evidence to Irish Police Ombudsman Commission

John Donovan, Co-founder Royal Dutch Shell

John Donovan, Co-founder Royal Dutch Shell

Email sent by John Donovan to Garda Slochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) 25 March 2015


Dear Sirs

I attach for your information a copy of a letter dated 12 March 2015 from Ms Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Irish Minister for Justice and Equality, addressed to Mr Bernard J Durkan TD. 

This is similar in content to replies sent recently to other T.D’s – all of whom kindly took this matter up with the Minister on my behalf, who has now invited me to supply the GSOC with evidence.

I want to keep this simple, so I will restrict my comments to one item of evidence which has already been supplied, but not acted upon, plus important items of evidence that have emerged since the GSOC Report published in July 2014.

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Almost a kilometre of Corrib Shell pipeline loose and floating under sea

An article by Sam Griffin published 13 March 2015 by The Irish Independent

An 800m section of Shell pipeline from the Corrib gas processing plant has come loose and is floating under the sea.

Both Shell Ireland and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are investigating the incident off the north Mayo coast.

A Shell spokesperson said the pipeline was a piece of plastic ducting measuring 800m in length and carried treated surface water collected at the Bellanaboy terminal to around ten miles out to sea.

The ducting had been secured under heavy boulders and investigations will examine if bad weather in recent days contributed to it coming loose.

Marine vessels have been dispatched by Shell to investigate the matter.

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Email to John Donovan from the Irish Justice Minister


By John Donovan

Today, apparently by co-incidence, I received an email sent to me on behalf of the Irish Justice Minister, Ms Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. (Photo)

It was only yesterday that I posted an article on the above subject after a long break in coverage.

The email from the justice ministry contains an apology for the delay in responding to a communication I sent to the minister several months ago. It related to the admittance by a Shell supplier OSSL, that it had for a long period distributed bribes to the Irish police, and other Irish parties, including land owners, at the express instruction of their client Shell EP Ireland. I reported the unusual circumstances in which OSSL was demanding payment from Shell to cover bribes paid on its behalf.

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On 3 Mar 2015, at 23:40, John Donovan wrote:

Dear Mr Brandjes

Several months ago, I publicly accused OSSL directors of bombarding Shell with blackmail demands for two years over the Shell sponsored corruption scandal in Ireland.

OSSL directors admitted supplying “gifts” on behalf of its client Shell EP Ireland to various parties, including the Irish police, to smooth the troubled path of the Corrib Gas Project.

One apparently legitimate OSSL invoice to Shell was for £30,000 of free booze showered on Irish cops accused of acting brutally towards “Shell To Sea” campaigners.

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Shell gig invite turned down by The Saw Doctors

Article by Lorna Siggins published by the Irish Times Friday 6 March 2015

Shell gig invite turned down by The Saw Doctors

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Folk rock band The Saw Doctors has turned down an invitation from Shell E&P Ireland to play at a gig in north Mayo this month celebrating the competion of the Corrib gas terminal.

The Tuam band, which is currently on a break from live appearances, said it was “not interested in playing for Shell E&P Ireland”.

However, Shell has confirmed that some musicians among the company’s own staff would be performing instead.

Band manager Ollie Jennings received the invitation from Shell several months ago, and confirmed this week that the musicians refused to accept the booking.

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Update on OSSL Shell Scandal

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At the weekend I published an article under the headline: “Irish Police reopen and expand investigation into Shell corruption case?”

A question mark was placed at the end of the headline to denote a degree of uncertainty. 

This is my take on the actual situation according to information I have received today.

After pointing out that a recent Garda Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) investigation found no evidence of the alcohol supplied to Garda officers by OSSL on behalf of Shell and stating that the matter is closed, the Irish Justice Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, grudgingly invited OSSL to contact the GSOC with any evidence to support various related allegations.

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Irish Police reopen and expand investigation into Shell corruption case?

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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.

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Wanted: Shell Senior Legal Counsel to evade Anti Bribery and Corruption laws?

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By John Donovan

Just spotted an advert for the job of Senior Legal Counsel for Anti Bribery and Corruption at Royal Dutch Shell Group.

Apparently part of the job function is to provide specialist advice in connection with the Shell Anti-Corruption Manual, which probably has the same standing within the company as the outdated Shell Business Principles – just a theatrical prop designed to conjure up an illusion of honesty. 

Unfortunately it is unclear if the lucky applicant is expected to advise Shell employees on how to avoid falling foul of bribery and corruption laws, or how to get round them.

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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.

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.

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Danger to Shell from Class Action Lawsuits Arising from Bribery

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 23.00.33By John Donovan

Two articles have just been published about bribery that have relevance to Shell and its shareholders.

An article by The Economist under the headline “Graft work” makes the point that “The most briberiddled sectors are oil, gas, mining, construction and transport.”


GONE are the days when multinationals could book bribes paid in far-flung countries as a tax-deductible expense. These days would-be palm-greasers have to contend with ever-tougher enforcement of old laws, such as America’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, and a raft of new ones in countries from Britain to Brazil.

The other article worth reading is also in relation to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Published by the Legal Newsline, it reports on the filing of a class action lawsuit alleging that an oil company – Cobalt International Energy – has violated United States federal law by engaging in bribery with foreign officials.

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Shell’s disdain for its governing constitution, Shell Business Principles

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A few days ago I published an article pointing out that the Shell Business Principles document, proclaiming Shell’s core values and setting out the ethical platform on which Royal Dutch Shell supposedly operates, is conspicuously out of date.

The version published on still bears the name of Peter Voser who resigned as Shell CEO in controversial circumstances a year ago.

The document is accessible in multiple languages on Those in Dutch, Chinese, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese – are all signed by Peter Voser.

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Shell Corrib Gas Field testing being carried out illegally?

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A 40m gas flare from the Ocean Guardian drilling rig during a well production test at the Corrib field, 80kms off Co Mayo. Photograph: Shell E&P Ireland Ltd

By John Donovan

Last Wednesday The Irish Times reported that Shell E&P Ireland has begun two months of testing at its north Mayo onshore refinery in preparation for next year’s scheduled production from the Corrib gas field.

I understand from a usually well informed source that the testing is being carried out without an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Licence

According to my source, the licence expired on 14 November 2014.

Irish Citizens please take note: I further understand that there is provision under the Irish Environmental Protection Agency rules for any citizen to seek a High Court order where an activity is being carried out in contravention of licensing requirements.

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Shell corruption that led to blackmail

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The invoice for the alcohol has been the foundation of a two year blackmailing operation with OSSL bombarding money demands on Shell for alcohol Shell had already paid for in full. Consequently, the OSSL invoice is of huge significance in relation to alleged very serious corruption and associated blackmail on an unprecedented scale.


From: John Donovan <johndonovan@

Date: 24 November 2014 22:07:25 GMT
Cc: [email protected]
To: INFO <[email protected]>Dear Justice Minster Frances Fitzgerald

I am writing as a follow-up to my email of 4 November 2014.

Your office acknowledged safe receipt in the response sent on your behalf on 19 November.

I believe you will find that a number of TD’s will be contacting you on this matter.

There is a key piece of evidence that I suspect has never received the scrutiny it deserves.

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OSSL is demanding payment for over €30,000 worth of alcohol OSSL supplied to Irish cops on behalf of Shell, which says it entered into a full and final confidential settlement with OSSL in August 2012 and refuses to pay them off again. 

Desmond Kane of OSSL outside Shell office in Dublin

By John Donovan

On 16 November 2014 I informed a senior Garda officer about an apparent blackmail operation by an Irish company OSSL being carried out against the Corrib Gas Project, led by Shell.

I supplied details from the most recent blackmail note/email sent by OSSL dated 14 November 2014 to various people at Shell, Statoil and Vermilion.

The following day I received an email from OSSL containing an unspecified threat, which I assumed to be a threat to issue a defamation action.

By coincidence or otherwise, the bombardment of hundreds of money demands to Shell and associated parties over the past two years appear to have ceased on 14 November.

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We at OSSL would like to caution you as the editor of your Shell Blog, about the use of the term blackmail in the matter headlined above.


From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]>
Date: 17 November 2014 08:54:38 GMT
To: John Shell News <[email protected]>, Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]>
Subject: Unfounded claims of Blackmail ..Shell / Police / alcohol gifting /OSSL

Mr Donovan ,

We at OSSL would like to caution you as the editor of your Shell Blog, about the use of the term blackmail in the matter headlined above.

There is no question of OSSL attempting to blackmail Shell, we would point you in the direction of this fact ….the monetary ingredient in this dispute is not a demand for cash from Shell ….which is Shells cash … is a demand for the return of our cash laid out on Shells behalf at their demand to satisfy purchases for covert items of which “police alcohol” and “tennis courts” are only part of the whole picture .

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Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 23.49.54To its credit Shell has not given in to the subsequent money demands, but neither has it apparently reported the matter to the Irish Police. One can see the difficulty. How do you go about asking the Irish police to investigate a blackmail plot over free alcohol worth over €35,000 given to the Irish Police accused of being “Shell’s Cops” and acting brutally towards people protesting against the controversial project?


From: John Donovan <[email protected]>

Date: 16 November 2014 20:43:08 GMT
Cc: [email protected], Ed Vulliamy <[email protected]>, Lorna Siggins <[email protected]>, Dan Griffin <[email protected]>, Áine Ryan <[email protected]>, Paul O’Donoghue <[email protected]>, “Boucher-Hayes, Philip” <[email protected]>, Olga Cronin <[email protected]>, Erlend Skarsaune <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]

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Shell gave Irish Cops enough alcohol to stock a pub

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Above item recently circulated by OSSL


From: John Donovan <johndonovan@>
Subject: OSSL Shell
Date: 10 November 2014 16:17:03 GMT
Cc: [email protected]
To: [email protected]

Dear Justice Minster Frances Fitzgerald

I sent an email to you on 4 November 2014 regarding the corruption/blackmail allegations surrounding OSSL and Irish Shell.

The basic issue raised is whether OSSL has been blackmailing Shell in relation to alcohol improperly supplied to the Garda by OSSL on behalf of Shell.

In this connection, I supplied you with a covert recording of a consultation between OSSL directors and their then solicitor, Mr Marc Fitzgibbon of the Lavelle law firm in Dublin. I also supplied a transcript. Both are now accessible online.

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Corrib Gas Project: Vermilion’s shameful tax avoidance deal

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In order to facilitate intra-group financing, Vermilion was setting up a Hungarian company that would have a branch in Luxembourg, with an office, a desk, a telephone, fax number and one employee on its payroll.

News Release – Issued by Shell to Sea

November 7th , 2014 – For immediate release

— Corporation tax is only means of extracting revenue from Irish resources —

Shell to Sea has called on Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Alex White to clarify what impact Corrib Gas partner Vermilion’s Luxembourg tax avoidance deal – revealed in today’s Irish Times – will have on the revenue the exchequer thinks it will earn from the Corrib gas field. [1]

Spokesperson Maura Harrington said: “Under Ireland’s dysfunctional licensing terms, corporation tax is the only means the State uses to extract revenue from gas or oil found under Irish territory. Today’s revelation that Vermilion is using a Luxembourg tax avoidance deal to reduce its tax bill in Ireland raises serious questions for Minister Alex White and the Government.”

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Shell says the alcohol never existed. On the other hand, if it did exist, they have already paid for it as part of a full and final settlement with OSSL who, in addition to being bootleggers, may also be blackmailers demanding money from Shell over a bribery scheme.


By John Donovan

Subject to any technical glitch or legal challenge, I intend to publish on the Internet within a few days, a number of items of evidence relating to the OSSL corruption allegations against the Shell led Corrib Gas Consortium in Ireland.

The allegations include bulk delivery of free alcohol to senior Irish Police Officers by way of an extremely generous Christmas gift from the Consortium venture, which involves Shell, Statoil and Vermilion.

Some might call it a bribe.

OSSL, a small local company admitted purchasing the alcohol in Northern Ireland, transporting it across the border and handing it over to the Garda. All on the instructions of named individuals at Shell.

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Corrib Gas Project: Blackmail & Corruption?


This information is being supplied to you despite written threats I have received from Mr Marc Fitzgibbon, a senior partner of Dublin law firm, Lavelle.

Mr Fitzgibbon represents OSS, the small “Mr Fixit” company which has distributed “sweeteners” (bribes) to smooth the path of the controversial Corrib Gas Project – the consortium venture led by Shell (45%), in which the Norwegian State Oil company Statoil (36.5%) and the Canadian company, Vermilion Energy (18.5%), are Shell’s partners.

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OSSL Blackmail Plot Against Shell?

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By John Donovan

Since 22 October 2014 I have been updating an article posing the question: “Shell being blackmailed?”

Top people at Royal Dutch Shell  have all spoken directly to a director of a former Shell “Mr Fixit” company in Ireland, OSSL, which has bombarded Shell with money demands to settle a dispute that Shell says it has already settled.

To be specific, Desmond Kane of OSSL has spoken in person to Peter Voser, Ben van Beurden, Jorma Ollila, Michiel Brandjes, Michael Crothers (and other senior people at Shell).

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