“It would be a question of the utmost public concern if an undercover officer were effectively permitted to operate without justification, authorisation or oversight in Ireland.”
Event Notice: Targets and victims of British undercover police operations in Ireland speak out, demand answers and action.
-- Shell to Sea supports Jason Kirpatrick and other Core Participants in UCPI/Pitchford Inquiry --
A press event jointly organised by Jason Kirkpatrick and Shell to Sea is scheduled for Buswell's Hotel on Monday 06 February from 11.00am to 1pm.
Mark Kennedy (middle) undercover at Bellanaboy
Jason Kirkpatrick was a victim in Ireland of British undercover officer Mark Kennedy. Mr. Kirkpatrick is a former Deputy Mayor from Arcata, California, and is a "Core Participant" in the Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI) which covers England and Wales.
Why is it that the UCPI has been established in England to examine what the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has admitted are Human Rights abuses, yet although the same British officers operated in Ireland, the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has, once again, chosen to keep all related information locked behind closed doors? Secret international undercover police operations across Europe have now been exposed, and targets of these political police "spycops" will be explaining what has happened to them, and what they demand of the Irish government in order to find the truth.
Shell to Sea has repeatedly called for an international panel of inquiry to examine the many human and civil rights abuses which took place in Erris, north Mayo as a result of the Shell/Corrib project and have already sent a submission to the Pitchford Inquiry. Shell to Sea welcomes the internationalisation of calls for proper investigation into the policing of legitimate protest.