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‘Rape-tape’ sergeant awarded €33,000 in unrelated defamation case

Issued by Shell to Sea - Saturday, December 10th, 2011

The Garda Sergeant who was recorded saying, “Give me your name and address or I’ll rape you!” last March has been awarded €33,000 plus legal costs for alleged damage to his reputation in an unrelated defamation case against fisherman and Shell to Sea campaigner Pat ‘The Chief’ O’Donnell.


James Gill, a former Garda Sergeant, claimed that O’Donnell – star of the award-winning documentary ‘The Pipe’ – had said during a Corrib Gas protest on November 3rd 2006,  that Gill had stolen diesel and smuggled tyres. Gill claimed that these comments had exacerbated a pre-existing gastric condition and had caused him psychological injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Mr O’Donnell denied the claim and told the court he had been speaking about diesel that had been stolen from him in 1997 or 1998 which had remained unsolved but that his comments weren’t directed at Mr Gill.

Who is to blame for RTÉ’s false claim that the ‘rape tape’ was ‘tampered with’?

William Hederman -

Just before its main evening television news programmes this evening (December 7th, 2011), RTÉ will broadcast what campaigners are calling an “apology” for its coverage of the so-called “rape tape” saga. RTÉ have pointed out that it is in fact a “correction” rather than an apology, but it amounts to the same thing.

The station was ordered to broadcast this “correction” by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) because a report by its crime correspondent Paul Reynolds on July 28th 2011 was “inaccurate”, “unfair” and “harmful” to Jerrie Ann Sullivan. She is one of the women whose arrest last March led to a Garda sergeant and his colleagues joking about threatening to rape the women who were then in their custody.

Posted Date: 
7 December 2011

Understanding tonights RTE apology for bias in Corrib gas dispute

Andrew Flood -

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

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
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