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Masterclass in spin by Garda Ombudsman

William Hederman - Village

The independent Garda watchdog produced a report about the Corrib Garda ‘rape tape’ that misinformed the public and undermined the women who brought the recording to public attention. By William Hederman.

Image taken from article on the Garda Ombudsman here

It was one of the most extraordinary news stories of 2011. On March 31st, Gardaí in north Mayo arrested two anti-Shell campaigners and seized a video camera. The Garda sergeant and colleagues then inadvertently recorded themselves joking about threatening to rape and deport one of the two women in their custody before handing the camera back. The recording was posted online, where it was listened to by more than 100,000 people within days. It provided a disturbing glimpse into the minds of some of the very people to whom women are expected to report rape. However, the saga took a more worrying twist four months later.

Posted Date: 
24 March 2012

Press Release: Mahon meaningless if corrupt Corrib project continues

-- What was behind Ahern’s and Burke’s oil and gas giveaway legislation? -- 


Shell to Sea today called for the halting of the Corrib Gas project and an investigation to ascertain whether disgraced former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern or other politicians received corrupt payments for their facilitation of the Corrib Gas project and their role in Ireland’s oil and gas giveaway.


The Mahon report stated: “Corruption in Irish political life was both endemic and systemic. It affected every level of government, from some holders of top ministerial offices to some local councillors, and its existence was widely known and widely tolerated”.


Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington said: "Over the next few days and weeks, it will be heard that this sort of corruption is a thing of the past. Yet here in Mayo, we are living beside a monument to corruption that is still being forced through by the current Government. It is time to call a halt to this shambles of a project and to hold a full investigation." 

Press Release: Ballyroe oil find exposes absurdity of Rabbitte's oil & gas licensing

-- Discovery will not guarantee any jobs, security of supply or other benefits for Ireland --

The discovery of oil at the Ballyroe field off Co Cork by Providence Resources exposes the absurdity of Pat Rabbitte's rush to hand out oil and gas exploration licenses last October, Shell to Sea has claimed. On October 17th 2011, despite widespread calls for a moratorium, Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte issued exploration licences for 250,000sq km of the Atlantic shelf. [1][2]

Rabbitte proceeded to issue licences just as Providence was embarking on what it called "the largest co-ordinated multi-basin drilling programme carried out offshore Ireland" and also before an Oireachtas committee has reported back on its review of Ireland's oil and gas terms.[3]

At the time, a former Statoil board member, Stein Bredal, questioned Pat Rabbitte's haste in issuing the licenses: “Energy prices are only going up, so why is your Minister in such a hurry, when he should be guaranteeing jobs and a greater return to the Irish taxpayer if there is a find?”[4]

Shell rules in Mayo

The Phoenix Magazine

"PROTESTERS cannot take the law into their own hands," has been one of the stock responses to the civil disobedience practised by the besieged communities around Shell's inland gas refinery project in north Mayo.  One wonders why the same mantra is never directed at Shell and it's private security company, Integrated Risk Management Services  (IRMS).

These 2 campaigners were illegally detained by IRMS for about 15 minutes on the public road

Posted Date: 
9 March 2012

Quiet roads: 'Lock-on' roadblock stops Shell for over 5 hours

j debender - Rossport Solidarity Camp - Indymedia

Despite heavy sentencing in Belmullet district court two weeks ago, people continue blocking roads in Mayo

At 7.30am on Thursday 8th March, a group of people from the Rossport Solidarity Camp blocked Shell's haulage route between Ballinaboy refinery and Shell's tunneling compound in Aughoose. They set up a concrete lock-on which two people inserted their arms into, making it very difficult for gardaí to remove them.

Concrete lock-on blocking Shell's haulage route
Concrete lock-on blocking Shell's haulage route

Posted Date: 
8 March 2012
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