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Shell connection?: Garda laptop found in a Dutch brothel

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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 already been posted on the article raising the subject of the free alcohol given by Royal Dutch Shell to the Garda as part of Shell sponsored corruption surrounding the Corrib Gas Project. 

The corruption charges came from a supplier company working for Shell EP Ireland: OSSL. 

I seem to recall that an officer from the Garda Ombudsman Commission was recently in the Netherlands attending a meeting at the HQ of Royal Dutch Shell Plc in The Hague, in connection with the OSSL allegations.  

The Hague is 52 minutes driving time from the attractions of Amsterdam. 

I have no idea whether there is any connection.

Is an officer from the Garda Ombudsman Commission a member of the Garda? 

The Ombudsman Commission investigation mistakingly concluded that there was no evidence to support OSSL allegations. Their verdict was in line with cover-up tactics already used by the Garda and Shell. 

It is only a matter of time before the whole rotten scandal, involving senior Garda officers, is exposed. 


On 1 Apr 2014, at 10:03, “Johan Groenewald” <[email protected]> wrote:

Dear OSSL,

The investigation is still ongoing.

One of my investigators are in The Hague, Netherlands today to interview Frances van Dam in relation to Shell’s internal investigation.

Garda members to be interviewed on Thursday in Belmullet.


Johan Groenewald
Senior Investigating Officer
Garda Ombudsman Commission

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Department of Justice had ‘shared culture of secrecy with Garda’, report finds: The Irish Times 29 July 2014

Purcell profile: civil servant could not escape scandal that engulfed policing and justice: The Irish Times 29 July 2014

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