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December 2013

Broadcaster wins unfair dismissal claim

By: 
Edwin McGreal - Mayo News

[Shell to Sea] To read about some of the background to this story see: Radio reporter claims he lost his job over coverage of Corrib Gas controversy

Well-known broadcaster Liamy MacNally has won a case for unfair dismissal against his former employers Mid West Radio.
The decision of the Employment Appeals Tribunal was released in writing on Friday and both parties received notice of it yesterday (Monday).
In the determination by the three member tribunal, chaired by Ann Marie Courell, they state they do not accept that Mr MacNally was targeted ‘on account of any controversies that may have arisen from the carrying out of his journalistic duties’.

Posted Date: 
12 December 2013

US energy group Hess ‘evaluates’ €1bn Kerry project after court loss

By: 
Mark Paul, Mary Carolan - Irish Times

Hess, the US energy giant, says it is “evaluating its options” over the future of a proposed €1 billion investment on the Shannon estuary, after its Irish subsidiary yesterday lost a court case against the energy regulator.

Posted Date: 
12 December 2013

Over €16 million spent on policing protests against Corrib gas pipeline

By: 
Hugh O'Connell - TheJournal.ie

OVER €1.5 MILLION has been spent policing protests at the controversial Shell refinery project in north Mayo since February 2012, it has emerged.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter informed the Dáil yesterday that the total cost of policing at the site of the Corrib gas pipeline has now reached “in excess of €16 million” not including the cost of basic salaries of garda members deployed to the area.

Campaigners from the Shell to Sea organisation have been protesting against the construction of the Corrib gas pipeline for the past seven years.

Posted Date: 
11 December 2013

Shatter rejects claims over Garda accountability

By: 
Marie O'Halloran - Irish Times

Wallace accuses Minister of being ‘weak bordering on cowardly’

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has rejected claims by Independent TD Mick Wallace that he has been “weak and bordering on cowardly” in holding gardaí to account in their policies and procedures.

Mr Shatter insisted he expected “members of An Garda Síochána to behave appropriately and to do their duty without fear or favour”.

He said: “Where there are issues that need to be dealt with they will be addressed, but unlike the deputy, I do not labour under the illusion that the gardaí as a group do no public good.”

Mr Shatter said gardaí as a group were under continuous attack in the Dáil, with no recognition given for the important work they did in combating subversion, dealing with criminal gangs, providing community protection and engaging in crime investigation.

The sharp exchanges developed during justice question time in the Dáil when Mr Wallace raised the general practices, policies and procedures of the Garda in relation to Corrib gas.

Posted Date: 
11 December 2013

Corrib gas project costs €16m not including garda wages

By: 
Sarah Bardon - Irish Mirror

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Tim Boyle/Getty Images

The cost of policing the Corrib Gas project has hit €16million, not including Garda wages, it has emerged.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter revealed the staggering figure in the Dail.

Posted Date: 
11 December 2013

Summary of the Peoples' Forum - Who Polices the Police?

By: 
C - RSC - Indymedia

Last Saturday week (23rd Nov) in Inver Community Hall, the 2013 Peoples' Forum was held entitled "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Who Polices the Police?.

Posted Date: 
6 December 2013