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Sunday Independent article about Corrib protesters was ‘significantly misleading’, Press Ombudsman finds

William Hederman -

The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint against the Sunday Independent over an article by Jim Cusack about the women at the centre of the Corrib Garda “rape” recording. He has found that the article was “significantly misleading” and that it reported rumour as fact.

The complaint was brought by Jerrie Ann Sullivan, one of the two protesters whose arrest in Mayo on March 31st 2011 led to a Garda sergeant and his colleagues accidentally recording themselves with a digital video camera. During the conversation, they talked about threatening to rape one of the women in their custody.

The wording of the decision is convoluted, due to the complex nature of the case. However, viewed together with Cusack’s article (‘Rape’ claims were hurled at gardai by protesters), the Ombudsman’s decision paints a picture of a crude and highly incompetent attempt to undermine the credibility of the women who brought the recording to public attention.

Posted Date: 
25 October 2011

News release: Rabbitte shows ‘contempt for democracy’ by issuing licensing options

News release - Issued by Shell to Sea - Monday, October 17th, 2011




-- More exploration will not lead to greater benefits to Ireland -- 


Minister Pat Rabbitte has shown a “bare-faced contempt for democracy” by deciding to offer licensing options to explore for oil and gas in Ireland’s Atlantic territory, according to the Shell to Sea campaign. 


Mr Rabbitte has ignored an ongoing Joint Oireachtas Committee review of Ireland’s licensing system. 


Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington said: “By stubbornly insisting on pressing ahead with these licensing options without waiting for the outcome of the Oireachtas review, Rabbitte is displaying a bare-faced contempt for democracy.” 


“It is shocking to witness the extent to which Pat Rabbitte has signed up to the oil industry’s line about the need for ‘generous’ terms for oil companies. He appears to have come under undue pressure from his civil servants to rush ahead with this latest giveaway.” 

MY OIL & GAS - Ireland and Norway

By: Why would Ireland give away its natural resources?

Perhaps the good people of Norway have something helpful to say...

Posted Date: 
5 October 2011

Shell accused of fuelling violence in Nigeria by paying rival militant gangs

David Smith - The Guardian

Oil company rejects watchdog's claims that its local contracts made it complicit in the killing of civilians

Militants of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta travelling between camps.
Militants of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta travelling between camps. Photograph: Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images

Shell has fuelled armed conflict in Nigeria by paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to feuding militant groups, according to an investigation by the oil industry watchdog Platform, and a coalition of non-government organisations.

The oil giant is implicated in a decade of human rights abuses in the Niger delta, the study says, claiming that its routine payments exacerbated local violence, in one case leading to the deaths of 60 people and the destruction of an entire town.

Posted Date: 
3 October 2011

Shell to Sea barred from Dáil Oil and Gas hearing

Today, local Shell to Sea people from Kilcommon together with independent observer Fr. Michael Nallen, Parish Priest, travelled from north Mayo at the invitation of Éamon Ó Cuív to attend a Dáil Committee meeting on Natural Resources. Sr. Majella McCarron, Table Observer was also present.

The group was first told that the public gallery of the committee meeting room was full and they would be put into a separate room with a video link. They were then told that the Captain of the Guard, John O Flaherty had decided that they were a protest group and were not to be allowed inside the gates of the Dáil. Éamon Ó Cuív, who had been provided with a list of the names of local people and observers beforehand declared that he was “powerless” to do anything about the barring order.

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