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Maker of 'The Pipe' raising money for new documentary

Show: The Last Word with Matt Cooper

Acclaimed documentary-maker Richie O'Donnell is making a new documentary 'Atlantic' which follows the fortunes of three struggling fishing communities

Link to the FundIT campaign:

Posted Date: 
22 May 2014

Oil and gas are our most precious resources

Ann Cahill - Irish Examiner

Europe Correspondent Ann Cahill looks at a documentary that explores Ireland’s oil and gas resources that claims the Government is being careless with the country’s precious stocks.


IRELAND is traditionally careless with its natural resources — gifting about €1bn worth of fish a year to other EU countries — and is making the same mistakes with oil and gas, according to new film Atlantic.

The documentary asks why Ireland’s original Norwegian-style gas and oil policy was dismantled by previous governments with a US government report finding that Ireland had the second lowest tax take of 142 countries studied.

Posted Date: 
12 May 2014

Shatter gave no aid over McCabe death threat

Mary Regan - Irish Examiner

The wife of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe said she got no help from Alan Shatter when she wrote to him about a death threat against her family.

Lorraine McCabe wrote to Mr Shatter on April 6, 2011, around six months after her husband first made a complaint to his bosses involving around 40 cases of malpractice and corruption.

She told the minister she wanted to make a complaint against Assistant Commissioner Derek Byrne, to whom her husband had presented his complaints.

She said wrongdoing had been covered up and hidden and described the “hurt, stress, annoyance, severe damage, and sheer hell on our family and family life”.

According to the report by barrister Seán Guerin, Mrs McCabe “said that they had recently received a death threat from a certain member of the force, but that she would not let her husband report it because she was afraid of the repercussions. She asked the minister for help.”

Mrs McCabe’s letter to the minister was prompted by an incident in Mayo, when a tape emerged of a garda telling a protester at the Corrib gas pipeline to “give me your name and address or I’ll rape you”.

She told the minister she was disgusted by the conduct of gardaí involved but that her husband had encountered similar but worse conduct by gardaí in Cavan.

Posted Date: 
10 May 2014

Press Release: Shell to Sea respond to Shatter's replacement as Minister for Justice

Shell to Sea

Shell to Sea notes the resignation of Alan Shatter and his replacement by Frances Fitzgerald as Minister for Justice as a long overdue development. Terence Conway, Shell to Sea spokesperson, says “Alan Shatter showed contempt for everybody who raised issues of wrongdoing in an Garda Siochána and it was clear he never had any intention of dealing with institutional corruption in the Gardaí. We ask that his successor takes immediate action to deal with the blatant abuses of power that, unfortunately, are rampant within the force.”


While Mr Shatter came under strong criticism for his handling of the Garda whistleblowers, the bugging of GSOC's offices and the penalty points controversy, his refusal to consider any investigation of Garda policies, tactics and procedures in relation to the policing of the Shell/Corrib dispute was nothing short of beligerent. Not only did Minister Shatter rebuke every call for an inquiry into the Gardaí in relation to this matter, he also engaged in a hostile campaign to discredit the legitimate protests that have taken place in north Mayo since 2002, consistently refering to “protest tourism” and attempting to obscure the fact that opposition to Shell/Corrib stems first and foremost from local residents who have never been properly consulted nor given their consent for the imposition of a massive industrial project in the heart of their community.

Posted Date: 
8 May 2014

Mick Wallace and Clare Daly Question Shatter about Policing of Corrib

Shell to Sea

Mick Wallace and Clare Daly invite Justice Minister Alan Shatter to initiate an independent inquiry into the policing  of Corrib - his response? He could purchase twice as many vehicles for the Gardaí if there were no protests! Minister Shatter also tries to imply that GSOC have chosen not to initiate an investigation into practices, policies and procedures of policing Corrib - when in fact under current legislation ministerial permission is required for such a "106" investigation and this is something which no Minister for Justice has ever given...


Deputies Daly and Wallace also question Minister Shatter about the investigations into the alleged deliveries of alcohol to Belmullet Garda station.

Posted Date: 
6 May 2014
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