By John Donovan
Today, apparently by co-incidence, I received an email sent to me on behalf of the Irish Justice Minister, Ms Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. (Photo)
It was only yesterday that I posted an article on the above subject after a long break in coverage.
The email from the justice ministry contains an apology for the delay in responding to a communication I sent to the minister several months ago. It related to the admittance by a Shell supplier OSSL, that it had for a long period distributed bribes to the Irish police, and other Irish parties, including land owners, at the express instruction of their client Shell EP Ireland. I reported the unusual circumstances in which OSSL was demanding payment from Shell to cover bribes paid on its behalf.
The lack of importance given by the Irish government to the blatant bribery carried out by the whistleblower company OSSL at the behest of Shell can be judged by the content and tardy speed of the reply.
I have already supplied over 100 pages of evidence to the Irish authorities, including a copy of an OSSL invoice issued to Shell for £30,000 worth of free alcohol delivered to senior Garda officers, one of whom is apparently about to leave the force? How hard can it be to establish the authenticity of a VAT invoice?
Thus far, no one, the Garda, the Vat authorities, the Iris government, or Shell, has said that the invoice is fake. If it was, that would be a prosecutable criminal act by OSSL. If it is genuine, then the detailed content provides concrete proof of Irish police corruption by Shell.
The most recent investigation of the Garda by the Garda cleared the Garda without even investigating the authenticity of the invoice.
I find it astonishing that none of these parties, nor apparently the Irish pubic, are concerned at such breathtaking corruption, evident from the outset of the Corrib Gas Project in the outrageous terms agreed by bent Irish politicians. The huge treasure trove of gas reserves was almost given away.
I have already publicly named all of the parties involved in the OSSL/Shell corruption, including individual senior police officers and Shell managers. Not one of them has issued libel proceedings against me. That fact alone speaks volumes.
EMAIL RECEIVED TODAY
Date: 9 March 2015 10:57:47 GMT
From: INFO <firstname.lastname@example.org>
9 March, 2015
Dear Mr. Donovan,
I am directed by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., to refer to your correspondence with the Department concerning allegations against An Garda Síochána. I regret the delay in replying.
The Minister has directed me to point out the recent Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) Report of its investigation into these allegations. That Report, as you are no doubt aware, found no evidence of the purchase or delivery of alcohol to Garda stations, nor any misconduct of Garda members.
The Minister considers, therefore, that the matter is now closed and will not be entering into any further correspondence in relation to this.
However, should you have any evidence supporting your allegations you should contact GSOC in the matter.
Private Secretary to the
Minister for Justice and Equality
By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh
Bullshit, Bullshit ,Bullshit! The Minister for Justice and Equality is Lying and is covering up corruption!
A quick Google search has delivered this to my PC 🙂
Two former suppliers to the Corrib gas project told a jury they supplied UK£25,000-worth of alcohol to gardaí in 2007 on behalf of Shell E&P Ireland.
The allegations were made by Desmond Kane and Neil Rooney, co-owners of OSSL, which had previously supplied personal protective equipment for the Corrib gas project in north Mayo. Both claimed that a person from Shell E&P Ireland asked them to buy alcohol in Northern Ireland and store it in a container at the back of their premises in Bangor Erris.
The two men’s claims were made at Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court last Thursday during the trial of Gerry Bourke and Liam Heffernan, who were charged with violent disorder following a protest in a shell compound in Aughoose, Pollathomas. Mr Bourke and Mr Heffernan were later found not guilty by the jury.
Under oath, Mr Neil Rooney claimed that the first delivery of alcohol to Belmullet Garda Station was made in 2005, and that in 2007, he was asked by Conor Byrne, a Senior Pipeline Engineer with Shell, to make a large delivery.
Mr Rooney, from Downpatrick, Co Down, said he went to the north and bought £7,000 worth of alcohol. When Mr Byrne saw the amount of alcohol, Mr Rooney claimed he was told there were 300 gardaí in Erris and to get more. He said he bought another £18,000 worth of alcohol.
When asked by Mr Brendan Nix, SC for Mr Bourke, what happened to the alcohol, he said he personally delivered two thirds of it to Belmullet Garda Station and he named the gardaí who he gave the alcohol to. The rest, he said, was to be delivered to the Garda Sub Aqua Unit.
Mr Rooney also claimed he was a witness to a protest at Pollathomas pier on June 11, 2007, when he was delivering a portacabin. He described the day as ‘the worst day of my life’. Protesters were climbing on his machinery, and Mr Rooney claimed that Supt Joe Gannon, who was in charge of policing, said to him: ‘I want to drive the f**kers [protesters] into the sea.’
The jury was told that Mr Rooney made a statement about the incident to Terry Nolan, the then CEO of Shell E&P Ireland, in Shell’s offices in Bangor Erris.
“He wrote the statement and I signed it. I was accurate and truthful in the statement,” he said.
However, Mr Rooney claims that on September 21, 2007, he was in Dublin airport when he received a call from Mr Nolan, who told him that he needed to change the statement.
He claimed that Mr Nolan said the Gardaí authorities would ‘nail Joe Gannon to the cross’ for what he had said about the protesters, and that ‘he is our man, who needs protecting at all costs’.
Mr Rooney said that he refused to comply, and that his company’s relationship with Shell ‘deteriorated rapidly’ afterwards.
Desmond Kane, a native of Glasgow said OSSL was set up in 2000 in Bangor Erris to supply safety equipment for the Corrib gas project. In 2005 and 2006, he said requests were made by Shell to acquire ‘modest amounts of alcohol’, which was to be stored at their office in Bangor Erris in a container for Shell to have and distribute.
Mr Kane claimed that the first consignment of alcohol brought from Northern Ireland was bought in the first week in December 2007, but it was not enough and they were told to get more.
He said he was asked to bring a third of the alcohol to Athlone Garda Station but was later changed to a garage on the Athlone bypass. He said he was met by a man and they off-loaded the alcohol.
Investigation a ‘joke’
Last year, a Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) investigation into allegations found ‘[no] evidence of the purchase or delivery of alcohol to Garda stations, nor of any misconduct of Garda members’.
Supt Thomas Murphy was also appointed to investigate the allegations, and Mr Kane told the jury that both he and Mr Rooney met him in a hotel in Tallaght and spoke to him for a number of hours.
Mr Kane also claimed he met with Johan Groenewald, an official from GSOC, who investigated the allegations. He claimed Mr Groenewald told him the investigation was ‘a f***ing joke’.
Mr Kane said they fell out with Shell as a result, and that the refusal to change the statement had ‘cost us our livelihood’. He said all deliveries to Belmullet Garda Station were done in unmarked vehicles, and the receipts for the alcohol were destroyed.
Patrick Reynolds (prosecuting BL) chose not to cross-examine Mr Kane and Mr Rooney’s evidence, as he deemed it irrelevant to the case. Judge Petria McDonnell ordered the jury to disregard the evidence when deliberating on their verdicts.
In a statement to The Mayo News regarding the allegations made by Mr Kane and Mr Rooney in court, Shell stated that there was no substance to the allegations.
“These allegations have been ongoing since 2010. Over the last five years Shell has taken the allegations very seriously. Three investigations, both internal and external have taken place. Shell welcomes the findings of the investigations by An Garda Síochána and GSOC, which concluded that that there was no substance to the allegations,” the statement read.