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Top criminologist calls for inquiry into Corrib policing

By: 
Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

Author of Hillsborough report recommends non-statutory review of evidence

A man injured during protests against Shell’s inland gas refinery at  Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, in November 2006 is removed by ambulance. Photograph: Eric Luke.

A man injured during protests against Shell’s inland gas refinery at Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, in November 2006 is removed by ambulance. Photograph: Eric Luke.

The Queen’s University Belfast academic who exposed the South Yorkshire police handling of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster has supported calls for a full review of the policing of the Corrib gas project in north Mayo.

Criminologist Prof Phil Scraton says international concern about Garda handling of opposition to the gas project reflects a belief that it has “moved beyond a series of specific incidents to something of much greater institutional consequence”.

He considers that the policing of the gas project from late 2006 merits a non-statutory review of all available documentation, which could be a prelude to a full statutory inquiry.

Posted Date: 
11 July 2014

Airing Erris 3: Focus on policing

By: 
Afri

Willie Corduff speaking as Denis Halliday (right) looks on.  Photo: Brian Fitzpatrick

Willie Corduff speaking as Denis Halliday (right) looks on. Photo: Brian Fitzpatrick

The third episode in the “Airing Erris” series was held yesterday in Ceathrú Thaidhg in Erris, County Mayo.  This episode focussed on policing and included contributions from former UN assistant Secretary-General Denis Halliday, Goldman Environmental prize winner Willie Corduff, former Garda and Human Rights Monitor Bernard McCabe, peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy and investigative journalist Gemma O’Doherty.  Garda Whistleblower John Wilson, also attended, and spoke about his experiences of Garda corruption.

The event was livestreamed by Atlantic Livestream and can be watched again here.

Posted Date: 
8 July 2014

An Píopa (The Pipe) ar TG4

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The Atlantic Stream

Bigí os comhair an telefís Dé Ceadaoin seo chugainn chun an scanainn "An Píopa" a fhéiceail ar TG4.

Tá Gradam IFTA & Ceilteach bainte amach ag an gclár seo. Clár faisnéise ar phíblíne gáis na Coiribe agus ar phobal Ros Dumhach agus ar an bhfeachtas atá ar bun acu i gcoinne na píblíne. Insíonn sé scéal mhuintir an phobail agus iad in anchaoi dá bharr. Is é Risteard Ó Domhnaill a stiúraigh an clár. Seo libh blaisín dó 

Nó feach ar an tsuíomh ídírlín oifigiúil. 

Posted Date: 
2 July 2014

Joint call for inquiry into Corrib policing

By: 
Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

Politicians, journalists and social justice campaigners among petition signatories

Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke, four TDs, one Senator and seven academics are signatories to a petition for an independent inquiry into policing of the north Mayo Shell/Corrib gas dispute.

Transparency International chief executive John Devitt, Garda whistleblower John Wilson, former UN assistant secretary general Denis Halliday and film-maker Lelia Doolan have also signed the petition, supported by five non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and 31 public figures.

The petition to Government notes that the UN Human Rights Commission, South African archbishop Desmond Tutu and NGOs including Amnesty International, Frontline, Table and Global Community Monitor have already issued similar calls.

Posted Date: 
20 June 2014

News Release: Changes to Oil & Gas Licensing terms 'cosmetic'‏

News Release - Issued by Shell to Sea - June 18th , 2014

CHANGES TO OIL/GAS LICENSING TERMS 'COSMETIC'

-- State continues to rely primarily on corporation tax to extract revenue --

The changes to Ireland's licensing terms for oil and gas announced by Pat Rabbitte today (18th June 2014) are cosmetic and will do little to address the State's mismanagement of its valuable resources, according to Shell to Sea.[1]

Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington said: "These changes are cosmetic, Ireland will continue to rely almost exclusively on a tax on profits as a means of extracting revenue from the oil and gas it has given to private companies. We have seen recently how creative accounting has resulted in corporations such as Apple paying almost no tax on profits in Ireland." [2,3]

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