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Shell EP Ireland mired in corruption allegations

Screen Shot 2013-02-22 at 10.14.43By John Donovan

The long-running saga involving Shell EP Ireland and a small Irish company continues. OSSL supplied goods and services to the Shell Corrib project in Ireland.  It has accused Shell management of instructing them to make corrupt payments/gifts to third parties on behalf of Shell, including Police involved in handling environmental protests against the controversial project. OSSL claim that invoices were falsified on the express instruction of Shell EP Ireland. We have seen related email correspondence with Shell senior management. Perhaps there is a problem with the Irish police investigating alleged corruption when they are said to be recipients of corrupt gifts from Shell? In their case allegedly free booze. Many Irish activists have long believed that the Garda is in the pocket of Shell. OSSL placards are shown on display at Shell premises in Ireland. According to emails sent to Shell CEO Peter Voser, OSSL is threatening to move its protest to the Shell Centre in London next week. I have no idea why Shell has not had the OSSL protestors imprisoned as it did with the Rossport Five and members of the Shell to Sea Campaign? On Wednesday the 13th February in Belmullet district court, Shell to Sea campaigner Izzy Ní Ghraidm was convicted on Sections 8 and 9 of the public order act for obstruction. Izzy refused to do community service as she felt her protest was a service to a community under siege from Shell. The Judge then sentenced Ms Ní Ghraidm to 3 months in jail. Perhaps the Judge is on Shell’s payroll as well?

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