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Shell gave Irish Cops enough alcohol to stock a pub

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Above item recently circulated by OSSL


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 corruption/blackmail allegations surrounding OSSL and Irish Shell.

The basic issue raised is whether OSSL has been blackmailing Shell in relation to alcohol improperly supplied to the Garda by OSSL on behalf of Shell.

In this connection, I supplied you with a covert recording of a consultation between OSSL directors and their then solicitor, Mr Marc Fitzgibbon of the Lavelle law firm in Dublin. I also supplied a transcript. Both are now accessible online.

I have now supplied links to copies of two additional highly material items.

Firstly a letter from Mr Fitzgibbon to Mr Desmond Kane dated 21 October 2014 marked Strictly Private & Confidential. It was addressed to Mr Kane in the UK. It confirmed that Shell had been in contact trying to arrange a conference call with Mr Fitzgibbon. Mr Crothers, the CEO/MD/Chairman of Shell E&P Ireland was an intended participant in the requested conference call. The announcement on my website of pending publication of the recording triggered the call by Shell to Lavelle. Why would Shell have that immediate major reaction if the allegations made by OSSL were without foundation? It seems reasonable to speculate that Shell realised that the whole cover-up is in the process of unravelling. Further contact was received by Lavelle on the subject by involved parties, including Shell.

A letter marked “Private & Confidential” dated 21 October 2014

The second item is an email string involving Mr Kane and Mr Fitzgibbon which took place from 25 July 2014 to 30 July 2014.


In the email from Marc Fitzgibbon dated 28 July 2014 @ 11:30, Mr Fitzgibbon quotes from the settlement agreement between OSSL and Shell two years earlier.

The quote is within this extract.

Dear Desmond,

I refer to our recent meeting and have now had an opportunity to consult my file and notes regarding the matters that you talked to me about. In reviewing the file I looked at the settlement agreement that was executed at the mediation and it is clear from that document that the agreement releases Shell and Roadbridge from not just the claims in the proceedings but “from any and all liabilities and obligations that they may have out of or in connection with the matters the subject of the proceedings and from all past, present or future claims or causes of action howsoever and whensoever’s arising whether known or unknown” which you may have against either of them. This is effect is an acknowledgement that you are not owed anything further by Shell and would be a very good defence to any legal claim that you might bring against them for any monies that you say are outstanding.

OSSL knew two years ago that it had entered into an all claims agreement with Shell and Roadbridge and Mr Fitzgibbon reminded Mr Kane of this fact on 28 July. The OSSL money demands to Shell started soon after the agreement and have continued ever since, even after the July 2014 verbal and written reminders by Mr Fitzgibbon.


There are numerous references by Mr Fitzgibbon to the alcohol in his emails. He confirmed that the alcohol subject was openly discussed with Shell in his presence at a meeting held at Shell’s London HQ.

This is the alcohol that Shell (and the Garda) have desperately tried to pretend never existed. The problem being that it wasn’t just a few boxes of wine for Christmas, but enough to stock a pub.

Related emails from Marc Fitzgibbon

Since my last email to you, I have been advised that the Dutch investigative and prosecution authorities would consider a covertly obtained recording to be inadmissible.

Would this be the same under Irish law?

If so, I may decide to report the matter to the UK authorities where this might not be a hinderance. Mr Kane is a UK citizen and lives in the UK jurisdiction.

BTW, I have received an email response from Michelle McKiernan on behalf of the Taoiseach, but nothing from you thus far.

I can see the problems for you. The mind boggles at the thought of asking the Garda to investigate the Garda for a fourth time on the same toxic subject!

Yours sincerely
John Donovan


Subject: email to the Taoiseach
To: johndonovan@
From: [email protected]
Date: 10 November 2014 14:26:42 GMT

Dear Mr. Donovan

I wish to acknowledge receipt of your email correspondence copied to the office of the Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., dated 4 November, 2014.
Yours sincerely,
Michelle McKiernan
Assistant Private Secretary
to the Taoiseach



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