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October 2006

Shell officials alleged to have offered €15,000

Lorna Siggins, in Bellanaboy, Co Mayo

Tue, Oct 17, 06

Businessman says Shell tried to buy his support for Corrib gas project with offer to his adventure centre

A former Air Corps pilot who is now running an adventure centre in north Mayo says that Shell E&P Ireland tried to buy his support for the Corrib gas project with an offer of ?15,000 last year.

Shell made cash offer to businessman

A Co Mayo businessman told a protest rally this morning that an employee of Shell Ireland had offered him €15,000, with no strings attached, in 2005 for a sports centre he was developing.

Ciarán Ó Murchú, who runs an Irish language school and adventure centre at Elly Bay, said it sounded alarm bells for him because as a large employer he would be effectively intimidating his employees to support Shell if he accepted the money.

He said he would have felt like a traitor to the local community - although an offer of €15,000 was very tempting.