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

John Donovan, Co-founder Royal Dutch Shell

John Donovan, Co-founder Royal Dutch Shell

Email sent by John Donovan to Garda Slochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) 25 March 2015


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 TD. 

This is similar in content to replies sent recently to other T.D’s – all of whom kindly took this matter up with the Minister on my behalf, who has now invited me to supply the GSOC with evidence.

I want to keep this simple, so I will restrict my comments to one item of evidence which has already been supplied, but not acted upon, plus important items of evidence that have emerged since the GSOC Report published in July 2014. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

A piss up at Christmas time courtesy of Shell

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Screen Shot 2014-03-22 at 08.31.27Guardian/Observer Ed Vulliamy on Irish TV3: “And what worries me with this is okay this is the cops you know having a piss up at Christmas time courtesy of Shell and them unable to deny it.”

Unofficial Transcript of a Vincent Brown interview of Ed Vulliamy broadcast 3 April 2014 during Tonight with Vincent Browne on TV3,

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 23.37.02VB: Ed Vulliamy who is really a very distinguished journalist with The Guardian and The Observer in London he has done really wonderful reporting from Bosnia, Mexico and elsewhere round the world. He came to Ireland recently and he reported.. he has an interest in the Corrib Gas issue and he … we interviewed him about this and he has interesting things to say about the Corrib issue and also about Irish journalism. Lets have a look.

ED: Where I grew up in journalism and I don’t mean where geographically… I mean how… if a massive multinational behemoth wants to come ashore with “attractive” licensing arrangements and so on and ram a pipeline into a fishing community and a farming community and to do so backed up by a police force and private security that teat people and beat people in that way, that’s a story. Well I mean that’s why we went into journalism to do this stuff. And as soon as I saw The Pipe I want to meet these people. What what more extraordinary image than a man bombing up and down on his fishing boat trying to lay lobster pots relaying radio messages to the biggest pipe laying vessel in the world. This is… this… is.. its epic in its way. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

Journalism ‘infected by corporate public relations’

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Screen Shot 2013-05-03 at 14.17.32As can be confirmed from the video recording, Shell was a prime target of the comment by Ed Vulliamy about journalism being infected by corporate public relations. This was in relation to the allegations made by former Shell “Mr Fixit” company, OSSL, that Shell had corrupted the Irish Police Force by giving away free alcohol as bribes.

Article by Lorna Siggins published on 18 March 2014 by The Irish Times

Journalism has been “infected” by “corporate public relations” and the media is part of a “seamless troika” involving governments and corporations, according to the British war correspondent Ed Vulliamy.

The Guardian and Observer journalist, who has won awards for his reporting from Bosnia, the 9/11 attacks, Iraq and Mexico, said that resources had been curtailed to the extent that journalists had “shrunk in number” while those working in public relations had grown. Mr Vulliamy was addressing a discussion hosted by justice and peace group Afri in Carrowteigue, north Mayo, on the media and the Corrib gas project. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

The Shell Corruption Scandal in Ireland

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Posted by John Donovan

An unsolicited comment received from Ed Vulliamy on the article/email entitled Shell sponsored Corruption of the Garda 

“This far down the line, until Gilligan and the other police officers and Shell employees named are interviewed in depth, and make public, clearly worded and outright denials that NO alcohol was delivered at ANY time at Shell’s bequest – and accuse OSSL of total fabrication – we shall reasonably take OSSL’s account to be the truth. The police and Shell have had years to issue forthright denials, but have not, preferring instead convoluted constructions and the language of corporate public relations. We have meanwhile become aware of some compelling visual evidence. Their silence speaks for itself.” read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.
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