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SHELL CORRUPTION OF IRISH POLICE, AS ADMITTED BY ITS AGENT/CONTRACTOR: OSSL

Photo: John Donovan: Co-founder Royal Dutch Shell Plc.com 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 […]

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 vice.com 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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” […]

Call for a Public Inquiry into the Policing of the Shell/Corrib Gas Project

Call for a Public Inquiry into the Policing of the Shell/Corrib Gas Project by the named eminent individuals and parties listed below We support the recent demands for an inquiry into allegations of systemic Garda corruption and violence. We believe any such inquiry should include the Shell/Corrib pipeline police operation in North West Mayo. This […]

€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 […]

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, […]

‘Shell can celebrate all they want, but the fight is by no means over’

Extracts from an article published 23 May 2014 by the journal.ie THE COMPLETION OF the longest tunnel in Ireland is being celebrated by Shell Ireland – but the works have not been without disruption or tragedy. The construction of the 4.9 kilometre-long tunnel has been mired in controversy over the years with many residents and activists […]

GAS from the controversial Corrib field should begin flowing next year

Shell’s Irish and German tunnelling team celebrate the completion of 4.9km long Corrib Gas Pipeline Tunnel yesterday. Extracts from an independent.ie article by Paul Melia published 23 May 2014 under the headline: Gas will flow next year after Fionnuala finds light at end of tunnel GAS from the controversial Corrib field should begin flowing from next […]

Corrib Corruption Scandal on the Agenda at Royal Dutch Shell AGM

The Corrib corruption scandal and cover-up will  be raised at the Shell AGM on Tuesday. I can state on good authority that Shell lawyers have already prepared a script for Ben van Beurden to use for evasion purposes when confronted by OSSL directors. It mentions waiting for the outcome of the investigation by the Irish […]

Garda concerns at whistleblower plan

Some allegations against the Garda, including from whistlerblower company OSSL, have arisen from the Shell led Corrib Gas Project Extracts from an RTE News article published Friday 16 May 2014 under the headline: “AGSI admits concerns at whistleblower plan“ The President of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has said it is concerned by the decision […]

Shell to Sea calls for whistleblowers to ‘expose malpractice and corruption’ at gas project

Extracts from an article published 15 May 2014 by the journal.ie THE SHELL TO Sea campaign has made fresh calls this morning for whistleblowers in to come forward to “expose malpractice and corruption” in the Shell gas project in Corrib, Co Mayo. Shell to Sea’s Terence Conway said the group is asking whistleblowers from within […]

Institutional corruption in the Gardaí

Shell to Sea notes the resignation of Alan Shatter and his replacement by Frances Fitzgerald as Minister for Justice as a long overdue development. Terence Conway, Shell to Sea spokesperson, says “Alan Shatter showed contempt for everybody who raised issues of wrongdoing in an Garda Siochána and it was clear he never had any intention […]

‘Atlantic’ documentary film from award winning makers of ‘The Pipe’

By John Donovan ‘Atlantic’ is the latest documentary film planned by the makers of the award winning documentary ‘The Pipe,’ which focused on the controversy surrounding the Shell led Corrib Gas pipeline project in Ireland. ‘Atlantic’ will be directed by Risteard O Domhnaill, who won international acclaim for directing ‘The Pipe.’ The new film will […]

Irish Justice Minister confronted over Shell Corrib Alcohol Bribery Scandal

Justice Minister Alan Shatter was confronted days ago in the Irish Parliament over the Shell Corrib Alcohol Bribery Scandal. Clare Daly TD pointed out to him during a heated debate, that the Garda has already carried out two internal investigations into the allegations that OSSL distributed alcohol to Garda Cops on the orders of Shell. […]

Shell to Sea goes to UN over policing of gas dispute

Extracts from an Irish Times article by Lorna Siggins published 30 April 2014 Shell to Sea has appealed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to raise the issue of policing the Corrib gas dispute with the Government. The Mayo-based environmental group says it has made the submission to the UNHCR’s office, following […]

Controversial Corrib field to pump gas by next year

Extracts from an article by Sarah McCabe published 10 April 2014 by the Irish Independent The development of the field off the north-west coast has been plagued by setbacks, which have delayed it for more than 13 years. Construction of a 4.9km tunnel under Sruwaddacon Bay, a special conversation area, is also progressing, new company […]

Archbishop Tutu calls for independent inquiry into policing of Corrib gas project

South African archbishop Desmond Tutu and former United Nations assistant secretary general Denis Halliday have called for an “urgent and comprehensive” independent inquiry into the policing of the Corrib gas project. Article by Lorna Siggins published 29 March 2014 by The Irish Times South African archbishop Desmond Tutu and former United Nations assistant secretary general […]

Shattering weekend for Alan Shatter, Irish Justice Minister

In the past few days, there have calls for the resignation of the Irish Justice Minister, Mr. Alan Shatter, who dealt with the OSSL corruption allegations against Shell EP Ireland raised in the Irish Parliament on my behalf and engaged in correspondence with me on the subject. I reached the conclusion that he was incompetent […]

Former Shell exec has no problem with Shell bribing Irish police?

From his recently posted comments, it seems that LondonLad has no problem with Shell drowning the Irish police force (the Garda) in free Christmas booze, despite allegations that they are “Shell’s Cops” and have allegedly acted accordingly when dealing with protestors. Perhaps he thinks that if corruption is okay for Shell in Nigeria, then its […]

Irish oil/gas exploration debate

Extracts from an article by Mark Paul published by The Irish Times on 14 March 2014 under the headline: “One More Thing: Industry lobbyists plan to strike back at the slick campaign of Own Our Oil” They’re getting very strident on both sides of the oil/gas exploration debate as the review of licensing and fiscal […]

Irish Police Ombudsman Office Bugged by Irish Police?

By John Donovan Printed below are extracts from a BBC News article published today about allegations that an unknown party has been bugging the Irish Police Ombudsman offices. One intriguing  suggestion is that it was done by the Irish Police Force. There is also a suggestion of a French connection. Or it could be a […]

Campaign to Replace Irish Police Ombudsman

Despite the Corrib Gas dispute being the single largest source of Garda complaints that GSOC have had to deal with, no Garda has ever been held to account for their law-breaking and abuse of powers. In March 2013 the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Margaret Sekaggya, called on the Irish Government to “Investigate all […]

Garda rotten from the top down

GARDA OMBUDSMAN INVESTIGATION OF POLICE CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SHELL IS STILL IN PROGRESS Terence Conway stated “It was good to finally meet a Garda who is trying to deal with the corruption within An Garda Siochana.  Unfortunately senior Garda management are content with corruption within the force”. Speaking at the protest Maura Harrington stated that […]

Over €16 million spent on policing protests against Corrib gas pipeline

Justice Minister Alan Shatter informed the Dáil yesterday that the total cost of policing at the site of the Corrib gas pipeline has now reached “in excess of €16 million” not including the cost of basic salaries of garda members deployed to the area. Shatter also said that the recent allegations that gardaí were supplied […]

Garda watchdog to investigate Corrib booze claims

THE garda watchdog is expected to reveal today (Tuesday) that it will open an investigation into allegations by a former Corrib gas contractor who claims he supplied a large quantity of alcohol to Belmullet Garda Station before Christmas 2007. This follows GSOC’s (Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission) receipt of the findings of an investigation into the […]

EPA confirms Shell can still use original Corrib emissions licence

The Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that Shell E&P Ireland can fall back on the original emissions licence for the Corrib gas refinery, following this week’s quashing of a modified version of the permit in the Commercial Court. A section of the Corrib gas line at Aughoose, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Lorna Siggins: […]

Setback for the Shell Corrib gas pipeline

Another setback for the Shell Corrib gas pipeline Mayo Advertiser, October 18, 2013. The Commercial Court on Tuesday granted an order quashing a revised licence which was issued for the Shell gas terminal in north Mayo. The refinery site at Ballinaboy was granted a revised licence by the Environmental Protection Agency last June to construct […]

Court ruling a setback for a project which has overrun on costs and time

Court ruling a setback for a project which has overrun on costs and time… at least nine years behind schedule… Work remains suspended on tunnelling this final section of pipeline… By Lorna Siggins: Wed, Oct 16, 2013 Shell E&P Ireland Ltd (SEPIL) has played down the significance of yesterday’s Commercial Court decision quashing an emissions […]

Corrib tunnel works still suspended

OVER five weeks after the tragic death of a Corrib gas tunnel worker, operations still have not restarted on the sub-sea tunnel. Twenty-six-year-old German national Lars Wagner sustained fatal injuries early on the morning of Sunday, September 8, when a compressed air-pipe attached to the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) exploded. Áine Ryan: Tuesday, 15 October […]

SHELL TO SEA TENDER FOR IRISH OIL & GAS REVIEW

Shell to Sea also gave an undertaking in the tender that it would “not be bribed, swayed or unduly influenced by the oil and gas giants” News release – Issued by Shell to Sea Monday 14th October 2013 SHELL TO SEA TENDER FOR OIL & GAS REVIEW Shell to Sea have today submitted a tender […]

Eight Shell to Sea protesters due in court

We no longer believe we can have equality before the law until such time as an independent, international panel/commission has investigated the policing of the Shell/Corrib project with specific reference to policies, practices, procedures, bribery, corruption and collusion. Eight Shell to Sea protesters due in court over public order offences Spokespeople Maura Harrington and Terence […]