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Press Release: Shell to Sea attend "Justice 4 All" protest in Limerick

News release - Issued by Shell to Sea - Monday 16th December 2013

A group from Shell to Sea - Erris travelled to Limerick on Friday 13th December to attend a Justice 4 All protest outside Henry Street police station.  This was a follow-on from the recent Peoples' Forum - "Who Polices the Police?", which was addressed among others by Mick Wallace TD and Clare Daly TD [1].

John Wilson, one of the two garda whistleblowers, who raised the penalty points scandal addressed the protest and castigated both the Commissioner Martin Callinan and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter saying that the force, as found by the Smithwick tribunal, still places loyalty above honesty [2].

Speaking at the protest Maura Harrington stated that policing in the country is "rotten from the top down".  She said the only two members of the  so-called Garda Siochana whom she could properly address as "Garda" were John Wilson, now retired and the other Garda whistleblower who is still serving.

The protest was attended by four sitting TD's - Mick Wallace, Clare Daly, Luke 'Ming' Flanagan and Joan Collins.  The attendance included many families whose lives have been taken over for years following the deaths of family members and these deaths have not, to date, been adequately investigated.

Terence Conway stated "It was good to finally meet a Garda who is trying to deal with the corruption within An Garda Siochana.  Unfortunately senior Garda management are content with corruption within the force".

For more information contact:        
Maura Harrington:    087 9591474
Terence Conway:     086 0866264!/ShellToSea


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[1]Summary of the Peoples' Forum - Who Polices the Police? -
[2] Whistleblower garda had 'no choice' but to quit force - Irish Independent

The Shell to Sea Campaign has three main aims:

1) That any exploitation of the Corrib gas field be done in a safe way that will not expose the local community in Erris to unnecessary health, safety and environmental risks.
2) To renegotiate the terms of the Great Oil and Gas Giveaway, which sees Ireland’s 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent* off the West Coast go directly to the oil companies, with the Irish State retaining a 0% share, no energy security of supply and only 25% tax on profits against which all costs can be deducted.
3) To seek justice for the human rights abuses suffered by Shell to Sea campaigners due to their opposition to Shell’s proposed inland refinery.


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