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Shell cleared of bribing Irish Police, but for how long?

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.  […]

Garda watchdog finalises investigation into Belmullet garda booze allegations

Extract from an article by Áine Ryan published in The Mayo News Tuesday 8 July 2014 THE Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has confirmed to The Mayo News it is finalising its report about allegations by a former Shell contractor that Belmullet gardaí were given booze bribes. The allegations by services company, OSSL, have been […]

Disarray continues at Irish Police Ombudsman Commission

By John Donovan  It is not long off a year since the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) begun investigating OSSL whistleblower allegations of police corruption against Royal Dutch Shell in relation to the troubled Corrib Gas Project.  Although Johan Groenewald, the person leading the investigation,said some time ago that publication of his findings was imminent, the process seems to […]

Legal panel to examine Garda misconduct allegations

By John Donovan The Irish Times has published an article under the headline “Legal panel to examine Garda misconduct allegations.” Extracts The Government has decided to hire seven barristers to examine as many as 220 outstanding allegations of Garda misconduct received from members of the public in light of the whistleblowers affair. The move came as […]

Joint call for inquiry into Corrib policing

Extracts from an Irish Times article by Lorna Siggins published 20 June 2014 Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke, four TDs, one Senator and seven academics are signatories to a petition for an independent inquiry into policing of the north Mayo Shell/Corrib gas dispute. Transparency International chief executive John […]

Shatter raises concerns about GSOC leadership

Extracts from an RTE News report published Thursday 19 June 2014 under the headline: “Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter slams ‘fundamentally flawed’ Guerin Report” Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter (right) has accused Judge Sean Guerin of a “fundamentally flawed preliminary inquiry and report and an unprecedented rush to judgement”. Mr Shatter was speaking […]

Changes to Ireland’s licensing terms for oil and gas

News Release – Issued by Shell to Sea June 18th , 2014 – For immediate release CHANGES TO OIL/GAS LICENSING TERMS ‘COSMETIC’ State continues to rely primarily on corporation tax to extract revenue The changes to Ireland’s licensing terms for oil and gas announced by Pat Rabbitte today (18th June 2014) are cosmetic and will […]

Clare Daly says gardaí at Corrib gas site are the ‘hired hands’ of Shell

Extract from an article by thejournal.ie published 17 June 2014 INDEPENDENT TD CLARE DALY has backed the calls of Shell to Sea campaigners for an independent inquiry into the policing of the Corrib gas project in Co Mayo. Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Daly said that the “continued intimidation and harassment of the local community” […]

€1.5bn to be spent on Irish oil and gas finds in next three years

Extract from an Irish Times article by Ciaran Hancock published Mon 16 June 2014 About €1.5 billion will be spent on oil and gas exploration around Ireland over the next three years, according to a study by accounting group PwC. Eighty per cent of those surveyed said they were optimistic about the chances of discovering […]

Where is the queue to issue libel writs against John Donovan?

Will the findings prompt some of the named cops to issue libel writs against me? No, not a chance, because they know the truth and have got no intention of taking any action that ends up with them having to give evidence under oath. Consequently there is not a single soul who has or will […]

Garda Ombudsman Investigation of Shell Corruption allegations in disarray

By John Donovan  The investigation of allegations made by a Shell whistleblower company OSSL, of alleged Shell sponsored corruption of the Irish police, appears to be in a shambles following ill-judged on-the-record comments by the officer leading the inquiry, Johan Groenewald. The relevant extraordinary email correspondence with me can be viewed here. In the exchanges, […]