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Understanding tonights RTE apology for bias in Corrib gas dispute

By: 
Andrew Flood - WSM.ie

Station’s crime correspondent Paul Reynolds falsely reported that recording of Garda rape conversation was ‘tampered with’

Shell to Sea has revealed that RTÉ is being compelled to broadcast an apology ahead of Wednesday's Six-One and Nine O’Clock TV news programmes, as a result of RTÉ's biased coverage of Shell's attempt to build an experimental gas pipeline and refinery in Erris. In this specific case, RTÉ chose to ignore the facts as explained to them by Shell to Sea around technical issues concerning the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) investigation into the conversation Garda had about threatening to rape two women Shell to Sea campaigners they had arrested in April this year. RTÉ instead reported as fact the false suggestions of Justice Minister Alan Shatter, that part of the recording of the arrest had been deleted. 

Posted Date: 
7 December 2011

RTE ordered to broadcast apology for coverage ‘harmful’ to women in Corrib Garda ‘rape’ recording case

News release -Issued by Dublin Shell to Sea - Monday, December 5th, 2011

-- RTE falsely reported that recording had been ‘tampered with’ -- 
-- Apology to air on Wed 7 December prior to evening news programmes -- 

RTE has been ordered to broadcast a televised correction about its “harmful”, “inaccurate” and “unfair” coverage of the women who brought the Corrib Garda rape recording to public attention. RTE falsely reported that the recording had been “tampered with”. 

The correction, to be broadcast before the 6.01 News and Nine O’Clock News this Wednesday (December 7th), follows a complaint to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) by Jerrie Ann Sullivan, one of the women whose arrest led to a senior Garda and his colleagues recording themselves talking about raping the women who were in their custody. 

Gardai and IRMS rendered powerless as campaigners blockade Shell’s compound

By: 
U - Rossport Solidarity Camp - Indymedia

Work was completely halted at Shell’s compound yesterday for over five hours in a great show of resiliance by local campaigners and their supporters. For the past two weeks now, Shell have been attempting to remove masses of peat from the compound in preparation for the tunnel boring machine which is expected to arrive early next year. Progress has been continuously disrupted as protesters brave the winter weather to stop trucks and a determined resistance is building momentum.

Gates to compound blocked by campaigners
Gates to compound blocked by campaigners

Posted Date: 
2 December 2011

Corrib Documentary: Under Pressure

By: 
EamonDeStaic - YouTube

Under Pressure (Part 1 of 2)

Posted Date: 
2 December 2011

YouTube Video: Michael D Higgins speaking outside Shell refinery gates

By: 
Rossport Solidarity Camp - YouTube

This is a video recorded on 6th of November 2006, when the current President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins joined campaigners outside the gates of the Shell refinery in Bellanaboy along with other Labour party colleagues. Four days later these same campaigners were being batoned off the roads by the Gardaí. Michael D Higgins begins speaking at 3:34 in the video.

Posted Date: 
24 November 2011
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