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Shatter rejects claims over Garda accountability

Marie O'Halloran - Irish Times

Wallace accuses Minister of being ‘weak bordering on cowardly’

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has rejected claims by Independent TD Mick Wallace that he has been “weak and bordering on cowardly” in holding gardaí to account in their policies and procedures.

Mr Shatter insisted he expected “members of An Garda Síochána to behave appropriately and to do their duty without fear or favour”.

He said: “Where there are issues that need to be dealt with they will be addressed, but unlike the deputy, I do not labour under the illusion that the gardaí as a group do no public good.”

Mr Shatter said gardaí as a group were under continuous attack in the Dáil, with no recognition given for the important work they did in combating subversion, dealing with criminal gangs, providing community protection and engaging in crime investigation.

The sharp exchanges developed during justice question time in the Dáil when Mr Wallace raised the general practices, policies and procedures of the Garda in relation to Corrib gas.

Posted Date: 
11 December 2013

Peoples' Forum 2013

Who polices the Police?

Come to the people's forum at Inver Community Center on Saturday 23rd November at 10.30am.


Each people's forum addresses an issue raised by the ongoing imposition of the Shell Corrib gas project on residents in North Mayo.

The guest speakers on the issue of policing are:
Clare Daly TD
Mick Wallace TD
Hillary D'Arcy PhD candidate NUIM

23 November 2013 - 10:30am

Show of Solidarity from Ireland with the Arctic 30

Shelver - RSC

Detention of Greenpeace Crew Stark Reminder of Shell/State Partnership in Broadhaven Bay

About 25 people gathered today outside the Shell refinery construction site at Ballinaboy, Co Mayo, in a show of solidarity with 30 environmental activists who are currently imprisoned in Russia. The gathering was part of a global day of action to free the "Arctic 30" as they have become known worldwide since they were captured nearly two months ago while protesting against Gazprom and Shell moving an oil rig into the Arctic.

Free the Arctic 30!
Free the Arctic 30!

Posted Date: 
16 November 2013

Radio reporter claims he lost his job over coverage of Corrib Gas controversy

Edwin McGreal - Irish Times

[Shell to Sea] For further information on the way media reporting on Corrib has been manipulated read "Why journalists are afraid of covering the Corrib Gas project" by William Hederman

Liamy MacAnally was senior reporter at Midwest Radio for more than 10 years

A reporter has claimed he was made redundant from a radio station because the station’s management took issue with his coverage of the Corrib gas controversy in north Mayo.

Liamy MacNally has taken a case for unfair dismissal against Midwest Radio, trading as County Mayo Radio Limited.

Posted Date: 
9 November 2013

From a Prison Cell to a State Luncheon

James Laffey - The Western People

It's a long way from a cell in Castlerea Prison to an audience with the Garda Commissioner in the opulent surrounds of Farmleigh House in Dublin's Phoenix Park. But if there's any man who could achieve that turnaround in a few short years its the inimitable firsherman from North Mayo Pat “The Chief” O'Donnell.

2013: Pat & Martin O'Donnell pictured with the Garda Commissioner Martin Callanan after receiving an award for bravery.
2007: Martin & Pat O'Donnell after getting beaten by Shell bribed Gardai, for trying to protect their area and community.

Three years ago, O'Donnell became an anti-establishment hero after the acclaimed television documentary The Pipe was broadcast across the globe. The documentary charted O'Donnell's tireless and colourful opposition to the Corrib Gas pipeline, highlighting a 'David versus Goliath' battle as the chain-smoking fisherman doggedly refused to bow to the combined might of State and corporate interests.

Posted Date: 
6 November 2013
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