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News Release - Inappropriate energy advisors selected on oil and gas terms

News Release - Issued by Mayo Shell to Sea - March 11th, 2014

-- Department select consultants with close oil company links to advise on Irelands Oil and Gas terms --
 
Shell to Sea today criticised the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources for selecting Wood Mackenzie as their advisers on the “fitness-for-purpose” of Ireland’s current oil and gas fiscal terms. Shell to Sea also criticized the tendering process and the pro-oil industry press statements that have come from the Department in regard to this selection of advisers. [1]
 
This review was forced on the Department after the Joint Oireachtas Committee report on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration in May 2012, which recommended, among other things, a review of offshore fiscal and licensing terms before each licensing round. [2]
 

Wake up, Ireland: multinationals are set to give us very little for our own oil

By: 
Eddie Hobbs - Sunday Independent

A new book highlights the State's reckless policy on Ireland's natural resources, writes Eddie Hobbs

'GODDAMMIT we're being misinformed, misled and exploited – all over again.' Words to that effect summed up my own moment of epiphany in the autumn of 2012. The thought that Ireland, whose undersea territory extends nearly half way across the North Atlantic, nearly eight times our land territory, was set up to be exploited for its economic rent – the excess value over and above normal profits – seemed impossible to swallow. We are, after all, a first world country, part of the EU and not some third world dictatorship.

I'd assumed that the occasional grumbling about our offshore oil and gas potential was generated by a dolly mixture of extremists, lefties and planet-before-people types who grasped little about economics, business and risk-taking. It was uninformed. It was wrong. It was arrogant. It was also part of the learned helplessness in the ether here when it comes to matters of the people versus the State. Challenged to read deeply into the subject, I now see industry and government PR for what it is; a legacy of betrayal, callowness and servitude where the owners of the endowment are indoctrinated, by their trustee, with the idea that they're getting a great favour afforded to them – that anyone arriving into Dublin on a corporate jet prepared to sink money into holes offshore should be rewarded with the most generous giveaway pricing model in the world.

Posted Date: 
3 March 2014

Gardaí, GSOC, ‘whistleblower reprisal’, Corrib Gas and the ‘rape tape’

By: 
IrishOilAndGas.com

Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe’s first contact with a TD came about because he saw Clare Daly TD on ‘Tonight with Vincent Browne’ talking about policing of Corrib Gas protests, writes William Hederman

The repercussions for Garda whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson will be familiar to others who have publicly embarrassed An Garda Síochána. They were clearly acting in the public interest, but their revelations brought the force into disrepute, and the two men suffered as a result. Revenge was exacted – not only by colleagues, but also by way of public denunciation by the Garda Commissioner (“disgusting”), the Minister for Justice (“not co-operating”) and by various other parties loyal to the force.

Posted Date: 
3 March 2014

News Release: Shell to Sea repeats call to dissolve GSOC and to establish a proper oversight body

News release - Issued by Shell to Sea - Tuesday 18th February 2014
 
Shell to Sea has today repeated calls that it has made previously, that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) be dissolved so that a new functioning Garda oversight body can be established. Shell to Sea believe that it is impossible for GSOC to operate as a functioning Garda oversight body due to the flawed nature of its founding legislation. Former GSOC Commissioner Conor Brady has stated that he too believes the Garda Síochána Act 2005 "was fundamentally flawed". [1]
 
Despite the Corrib Gas dispute being the single largest source of Garda complaints that GSOC have had to deal with, no Garda has ever been held to account for their law-breaking and abuse of powers.
 
Both the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and Frontline Defenders have recommended that Section 106 of the GSA Act 2005 be repealed; this section allowed the Minister for Justice to veto GSOC doing a "practice, policy or procedure" investigation in the policing of Corrib. [2,3]

Ignorance, avoidance, distortion – media coverage of the Corrib gas project has failed

By: 
Harry Browne - TheJournal.ie

The Irish media has failed to properly report on the local community’s resistance to Shell in Mayo. The reason? Journalism has fewer and fewer resources to filter the truth from the propaganda, Harry Browne writes.

The basic reason is pretty simple: they’ve got more and more resources (money, time, people) to push the corporate or government line, and we’ve got fewer and fewer with which to filter out the truth from the propaganda.

And when PR people are good and do their job really well, they get the ears of our bosses and make our jobs even harder.

That’s what happened to Betty Purcell, a TV producer who recently took early retirement from RTE after many years in charge of programmes including Questions & Answers and The View. In 2009 she tried to make a short human-interest documentary in RTE’s quasi-religious slot Would You Believe? about Willie and Mary Corduff, residents of Rossport, Co Mayo, who stopped Shell from running a gas pipeline through their land.

“One day the director Geraldine Creed and the reporter Mick Peelo got a call saying that a Shell PR man was in the RTE canteen and would they go down and talk to him,” Purcell recalled. He tried to persuade Purcell’s team to drop or change the programme.

The programme got made only after its dedicated makers jumped through a unique and time-consuming series of management hoops – and RTE broke up the team soon after.

Posted Date: 
25 January 2014
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