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Corrib gas project spend to top €3.6bn as Shell await Government approval

The costs of the Corrib gas project are set to top €3.6bn by the end of this year, more than four times the original estimate of €800m. Gordon Deegan: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Yesterday, operator Shell E&P Ltd confirmed that the 2015 spend by the Corrib partners on the field will be €260m. Some €320m […]

Shell racks up nearly €100m loss as it waits on go-ahead for first Corrib gas

Corrib Gas Project mired in corruption allegations and a related cover-up led by Michael Crothers Paul O’Donoghue: 18 November 2015 The company behind the controversial Corrib gas project racked up losses of over €98m last year as it awaits a final government permit to begin flowing gas at the site. Accounts just filed for Shell […]

HERE FIRST TEN DAYS AGO: Lorraine Mitchelmore Fired

Michael Crothers at Shell E&P Ireland Limited By John Donovan On 7 November, we published the first news of the firing of Lorraine Mitchelmore, the President and Country Chair of Shell Canada. The information, which came from a Shell insider source, was posted on our Shell Blog under the alias of “Manny” The departure of Lorraine Mitchelmore has been confirmed […]

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Extra Judicial Death of Ken Saro-Wiwa & all the Ogoni 9

10 Nov 2015, Dublin Ireland Shell to Sea Activists and AFRI commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the deaths of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Nine outside “Corrib House:” Shell’s Irish Headquarters in Dublin. The activists carried crosses bearing the names of each of the men executed by the corrupt Nigerian Government on 10 November 1995. […]

Security staff on strike at Corrib Gas Terminal

Monday 19 October 2015 Almost 40 security staff at the Corrib Gas Terminal in north Mayo have begun industrial action in a dispute over payments and terms of employment. The personnel involved in the one-day stoppage at the Bellanaboy facility are all members of SIPTU. Those taking part in the dispute are employed by the Senaca […]

Controversial Corrib gas will flow within weeks

The projected spend of €250m on the controversial project this year will lead to the overall costs exceeding €3.6bn. This is more than four times the original estimate of €800m for the project, which is 12 years behind its original projected completion time of 2003. Áine Ryan: TUESDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2015 Penultimate permission granted by EPA ALMOST […]

Shell granted licence by EPA for Mayo gas refinery

Friday, Oct 9, 2015 Shell has been granted an industrial emissions licence by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its gas refinery at Bellanaboy, Co Mayo. The licence is one of the last consents required by the Corrib gas developers. The licence allows for “operation of a gas refinery” and “combustion of fuels”. It was […]

Petition to Sign – Minister White: Don’t reward Shell abuses in Ireland

Dear John, Interesting to read the two recent articles about Shell/Corrib on your site – Shell’s arrogance, plus their presumption of statutory and ministerial subservient compliance still reign supreme! Shell could at least have made a cursory acknowledgement of a person’s right to recourse to law by way of Judicial Review of the two presumed […]

Shell completes Corrib as partner confirms €243m loss

Shell Ireland has declared that the on-site work is now complete for the gas to flow from the Corrib Gas field. Some of the more than 900 employees pictured during construction of the Corrib Gas Processing Terminal at Bellanaboy. Irish Independent: By Gordon Deegan: Saturday 19 Sept 2015 Shell Ireland yesterday declared that on-site work […]

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

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 […]

Shell urges ‘prompt processing’ of Corrib pipeline application

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 […]

Shell seeks permission to operate Corrib gas pipeline

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 […]

HSA refers Corrib tunnel death investigation to DPP

Lorna 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 […]

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

Richard Hartley-Parkinson for 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. […]

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

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 […]

Men tell court they supplied alcohol to Belmullet Gardaí for Shell

EXTRACTS 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 […]

Trial shown footage of protesters at Shell compound

Footage appeared to show some protesters and security officers involved in scuffles 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 […]


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 […]

EPA turns down oral hearing request on Corrib gas project licence

EPA turns down oral hearing request on Corrib gas project licence 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 […]

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

The 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 […]

Irish Company Freely Admits Distributing Bribes On Behalf of Shell

PHOTO 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 […]

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

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 […]

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

Corrib gas: Black starts, intelligent pigs and the mechanics of extraction Peter 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 […]

The Corrib legacy: what the protests achieved

The Corrib legacy: what the protests achieved 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 Bríd McGarry, a Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were jailed […]

The Shell Corrib impact: business boomed and friendships died

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. SAT, Jun 27, 2015 Gas is expected to come later this year to the Shell terminal in Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, […]

Shell challenges facets of last license needed for Corrib project

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 […]

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. […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]



Another can of worms for Shell

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 […]

RTE failed to truthfully inform the public on Corrib Gas Project

— 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 […]

Shell Gas Leak

By John Donovan Yesterday lunchtime, I got a whiff of what I now know to be the Shell takeover of BG Group.  The information was unclear and my Shell related source made it plain that it was a rumour emanating from a third party, but one with “good ears” and miscellaneous contacts.  The main thrust of […]


Photo: John Donovan: Co-founder Royal Dutch Shell EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN CIRCULATED TO EVERY IRISH T.D. ON 6 APRIL 2015 Response from The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission on 2 April 2015 SHELL CORRUPTION OF IRISH POLICE, AS ADMITTED BY ITS AGENT/CONTRACTOR: OSSL (£30,000 worth of free alcohol given as a Christmas Gift to Garda […]

Shelling Out Sweeteners

By John Donovan 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 […]

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

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 […]

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

Shell E&P Ireland says it is still on schedule to have gas flowing from the Corrib Gas Field within the next six months. 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 […]

Shell led Corrib Gas Pipeline Project comes unstuck

Article 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 […]

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

Email sent by John Donovan to Garda Slochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) 25 March 2015 SHELL CORRUPTION OF IRISH POLICE AS ADMITTED BY ITS AGENT/CONTRACTOR: OSSL 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 […]

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 […]

Email to John Donovan from the Irish Justice Minister

CORRUPTION SURROUNDING THE CORRIB GAS PROJECT IN IRELAND 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 […]


JOHN DONOVAN EMAIL TO MR MICHIEL BRANDJES, COMPANY SECRETARY AND GENERAL COUNSEL CORPORATE, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC 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 […]

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 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. […]

CEO Ben van Beurden finally endorses Shell Business Principles

By John Donovan After our long campaign for Ben van Beurden, the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, to sign Shell’s statement of General Business Principles, he has at last got round to doing so. I do not know what the reluctance was about, or why it took a year of cajoling on our […]

Update on OSSL Shell Scandal

By John Donovan 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. […]

Irish Police reopen and expand investigation into Shell corruption case?

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 […]

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

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. I suppose its a fine distinction. By John Donovan Just spotted an advert for the job of Senior Legal Counsel for Anti Bribery and Corruption […]


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 […]

Danger to Shell from Class Action Lawsuits Arising from Bribery

By 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.” Extract GONE are the days when multinationals could book bribes paid […]