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OSSL BLACKMAIL PLOT AGAINST SHELL

To 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 […]

Shell gave Irish Cops enough alcohol to stock a pub

Above item recently circulated by OSSL EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN TO FRANCES FITZGERALD, IRISH MINISTER FOR JUSTICE.  SENT 10 NOVEMBER 2014 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 […]

Corrib Gas Project: Vermilion’s shameful tax avoidance deal

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 […]

SHELL OSSL IRISH FABLES

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. THE AUDIO OF THE COVERTLY RECORDED CONSULTATION […]

Corrib Gas Project: Blackmail & Corruption?

JOHN DONOVAN EMAIL CIRCULATED 4/5 NOVEMBER 2014 TO EVERY IRISH TD MEMBER OF THE IRISH PARLIAMENT. 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) […]

OSSL Blackmail Plot Against Shell?

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 […]

Mixed Reaction to Shell’s €750,000 investment in Irish Broadband

By John Donovan The Irish Examiner reports that Shell has announced that it will provide high quality broadband for Mayo and Galway in Ireland. The 132 kilometres of high capacity fibre optic cable will run alongside the Corrib Gas pipeline. The Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny was present and gushing at the launch. However, by […]

Shell Arts Sponsorship Protest at the National Gallery

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell has suffered a string of PR debacles.  In October 2013, Shell Out Sounds, a group of singers, musicians and activists who opposed Shell’s sponsorship of Southbank Centre, staged an unsanctioned performance from the Royal Festival Hall’s choir seats in protest of a Shell Classic International concert.  The campaigners condemned […]

Shell 15 page confidential statement about OSSL allegations

By John Donovan I have provided a link to a 15 page document dated 3 October 2014, which Shell supplied to OSSL, the Irish company that has made serious allegations against Shell. The information in the document may be of interest to some readers who have followed the long running saga and likewise newspapers and […]

Royal Dutch Shell News 15 Oct 2014

By John Donovan WHISTLEBLOWER ALLEGES ROYAL DUTCH SHELL TAX EVASION IN NIGERIA  A former manager of Shell Production Development Company in Nigeria has accused Shell of massive tax evasion. He also alleges that the Nigeria Economic and Financial Crimes Commission demanded a bribe from him as part of a related cover-up plan for Shell. The […]

Shell Corrib Gas Project Ireland: The Good News and the Bad News

By Nick Gill The Irish Independent has published an article providing an update on the delayed progress of the Shell led Corrib Gas Project in Ireland, which has been surrounded by controversy, including alleged corruption and persistent environmental protests from the outset.  Basically, the good news is that the volume of gas at peak production […]

Shell paid the Irish Police €158,746

By John Donovan We now have official confirmation that the Garda cops accused of brutality towards Corrib Gas Project protestors were working for Shell. According to an article published today by The Irish Times, Shell has paid the Garda €158,746 for policing in Ireland, mainly arising from the force’s operation guarding the controversial Corrib gas pipeline in Co Mayo. […]

Shell/OSSL: The Irish Policing Fiasco Continues

By John Donovan  SHELL FUNDED CORRUPTION IN THE CORRIB GAS PROJECT IN IRELAND According to an Irish Independent article, the former Irish Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, who corresponded with me in relation to the OSSL corruption allegations against Shell and the Irish Police, has launched a blistering attack on the bosses of the watchdog Garda Ombudsman service […]

OSSL/SHELL: AN ANONYMOUS LETTER WITH A DUBLIN POSTMARK

You and your late father seem to have started out trying to hold Shell accountable for its actions. I hope you agree that accountability goes both ways, and it is fair that you should be held accountable for your own actions as well. The energy that fuels your website seems to be a deep resentment, […]

Is Police Corruption Legal in Ireland?

By John Donovan On 1st September I sent an email to Desmond Kane of OSSL containing these opening paragraphs from a proposed article… OSSL, the former Mr Fixit company for Shell EP Ireland, distributed sweeteners (bribes) on behalf of Shell to various parties to ease the tortuously slow progress of the controversial Corrib Gas Project. […]

OSSL email sent to Irish Justice Minister today

By John Donovan The following is an email OSSL sent to the Irish Justice Minister earlier today, copied to Shell.  One name has been redacted. One sentence has been deleted. From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]> Date: 4 September 2014 07:52:21 BST To: “<[email protected]>” <[email protected]>, Clare Daly <[email protected]>, Michael Crothers <[email protected]> Subject: Please be clear …. Minister, […]

The truth about OSSL allegations

 By John Donovan OSSL, the former Mr Fixit company for Shell EP Ireland, distributed sweeteners (bribes) on behalf of Shell to various parties to ease the tortuously slow progress of the controversial Corrib Gas Project. The lucky recipients included a senior Irish Police Officer, Detective Chief Superintendent John Gilligan ([email protected]) OSSL has now supplied me with […]

Update on OSSL Corruption Allegations Against Shell

By John Donovan A contributor to the Shell Blog has requested an update on the long running OSSL saga. OSSL is the former “Mr Fixit” company working for Shell in Ireland that blew the whistle on alleged corruption surrounding the controversial Corrib Gas Project. There have been two internal investigations by Royal Dutch Shell and […]

Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com News Roundup: 18 August 2014

THE CORRUPT SULTAN OF BRUNEI – RECIPIENT OF SHELL WEDDING GIFT BRIBERY Firstbiz. has published an article setting out 5 things it says you should know about the Sultan. See “Meet Sultan of Brunei, the man willing to shell out more than $2 bn for Sahara’s hotels” Extract: “Ironically, the Sultan’s Beverly Hills Hotel and […]

Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com News Round-up 12 August 2014

A frosty reception for Shell sponsorship; Oil and Gas company debt soars to danger level; Shell a gigantic flea By John Donovan UK The Telegraph City Diary column has commented on Shell’s embarrassment at arts sponsorship monies being returned to the  company in Ireland. “First the Antarctic, now Ireland. The list of countries where Royal […]

OSSL whistleblower allegations against Shell and the Irish Police

By John Donovan The OSSL email campaign against Royal Dutch Shell and various parties including the Garda, who accepted ‘sweeteners’ from Shell dispensed by OSSL, continues unabated, 7 days a week. OSSL acted as a “Mr Fixit” on behalf of Shell in relation to the controversial long delayed and miles over budget Corrib Gas Project […]

Shell’s unwelcome sponsorship of the arts

By John Donovan Earlier this year campaigners and climate activists applauded the end of the Shell Classic International series at the South Bank Centre in London.  SEE: Campaigners celebrate end of Shell’s Southbank sponsorship Protestors, including from the Shell OUT SOUNDS organisation and PlatformLondon.org strongly objected to what has been aptly described as “oil-branded concerts.” All take particular […]

Shell connection?: Garda laptop found in a Dutch brothel

By John Donovan The Irish Independent newspaper has published an article reporting that a worker at a Dutch brothel discovered a bag apparently containing “a laptop and documents as well as an “insignia” that allegedly identified the owner as being a member of An Garda Siochana”  – the Irish Police force.  I note that comments have […]

Shell whistleblower OSSL challenges Irish police officers to take lie-detector test

By John Donovan OSSL, the company that admits supplying free alcohol to Irish police on behalf of Shell EP Ireland is challenging senior Irish police officers, who apparently deny receiving the goods said to be worth tens of thousands of Euros, to take lie detector tests.  The challenge is contained in an email sent earlier […]

Defamatory posters at Shell Ireland HQ today

By John Donovan CORRIB LIES AND COVER-UP Former Irish Shell supplier OSSL, the “Mr Fixit” company that turned whistleblower over Shell corruption of the Garda, has today upped the defamation stakes still higher by putting posters on public display outside Shell EP Ireland HQ in Dublin. They are displayed below. Hence, if Shell decides to […]

No prospect of libel action by Shell or the Garda against OSSL

By John Donovan Áine Ryan of The Mayo News has published an article today under the headline: Shell and An Garda Síochána welcome the report According to her article, following publication of the Ombudsman findings, both Shell and the Garda have declined to say whether they will take legal action against OSSL “for possible reputational damage […]

All guns blazing from company that alleged Shell Corruption of Irish Police

“Let us clearly state Officers Gilligan, Gill Butler and Grimes offloaded alcohol exactly as described by OSSL, and as clearly understood by Michael Crothers CEO of Shell when he offered to pay for it in The Burlington Hotel in Dublin in the presence of legal people for both Shell /OSSL.” By John Donovan If you […]

Top criminologist calls for inquiry into Corrib policing

Extract from a Lorna Siggins article published by the Irish Times Friday 11 July 2014 The Queen’s University Belfast academic who exposed the South Yorkshire police handling of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster has supported calls for a full review of the policing of the Corrib gas project in north Mayo. Criminologist Prof Phil […]

Irish Police Ombudsman Verdict On Shell Garda Corruption Allegations

REPORT, PURSUANT TO SECTION 103 OF THE GARDA SÍOCHÁNA ACT (2005), INTO ALLEGATIONS OF PROVISION OF ALCOHOL TO CERTAIN GARDAÍ AND RELATED ISSUES BACKGROUND GSOC received two complaints, in October 2013, from partners in a company, which alleged that they had supplied alcohol, on behalf of another organisation, to garda stations in Co. Mayo in […]

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, […]