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Garda Superintendent Thomas Murphy: A clean pair of hands?

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By John Donovan

The claimed latest development announced today about the Corrib Gas Project Corruption Scandal is that a Superintendent Thomas Murphy has been appointed to investigate. We reported on this development nearly a month ago and published an email he sent to OSSL on 9 July.

Supt Murphy presented himself “as an independent person to the ongoing issues in Co Mayo” with clean hands.

I can only guess that he did not receive a share of the free booze received from Shell by hundreds of his fellow County Mayo Garda police officers. read more

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Bribery allegations hit Statoil Ireland development project

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Statoil’s scandal-dogged Corrib project in Ireland is already considerably delayed and three times more expensive than planned. Operator Shell is now accused of amongst other things bribing Irish police with large amounts of alcohol.

By Erlend Skarsaune: 13 August 2013

The Corrib field off the northwest coast of Ireland should have delivered gas ten years ago. But strong opposition from locals has meant that the field is still not producing, and made it NOK 17 billion (almost EUR 2.18 billion) more expensive than planned. The Corrib field’s overrun is 283 per cent when compared with its original budget, probably Statoil’s largest ever.

Shell is the operator, but residents believe the project also definitely falls under Statoil’s responsibility, what with its 36.5 per cent share. Local protesters are of the opinion that police have sided with the oil companies. Farmer Willie Corduff thinks injustices the Corrib project has caused the local community will never be healed. read more

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Gardaí deny booze bribes

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Superintendent appointed to examine allegations

Áine Ryan

A SENIOR garda is examining serious allegations about Belmullet gardaí accepting boxes of booze from Shell before Christmas 2007, The Mayo News can exclusively reveal. The Garda Press Office confirmed last night that ‘a garda superintendent had been appointed to examine the matter’. It declined to confirm the identity of the garda, but The Mayo News understands it is Swinford Supt Thomas Murphy and that he was appointed a month ago, despite earlier protestations from An Garda Síochána that the matter had been investigated and there was nothing to report. read more

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Corrib ‘booze for garda’ claims: TD calls for statements by ministers and outside inquiry

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13 August 2013

Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 17.06.54ALLEGATIONS of drink being delivered to gardaí on behalf of the Shell multinational for policing its controversial Corrib gas project at Rossport in County Mayo require statements by the Ministers for Justice and Natural Resources as well as “an independent probe to vindicate the reputations of everyone involved in granting Shell its licences from start to finish”, Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said.

The Sinn Féin TD said the delivery of what has been described in the media as ‘corporate sweeteners’ on behalf of Shell to gardaí policing protests against Shell’s operations – including a delivery of €35,000 of alcohol to Belmullet Garda Station in 2007 – raises serious questions about possible bribery to influence policy or practice by Shell or its agents. read more

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Gardai deny gas firm gave them alcohol worth €35k

GARDAI have rejected claims that officers policing the Corrib Gas protests were given alcohol worth €35,000 by the company building the pipeline.

An oil services company has claimed it delivered the alcohol in an unmarked van to Belmullet garda station in Mayo at Christmas 2007 following instructions by Shell E&P Ltd.

And OSSL, based in Bangor Erris, also claims it was charged with providing “accommodation services” to local residents, including home improvements, tennis courts, donating kitchen appliances and paying school fees.

The company, which worked with Shell since 2002, had its contract terminated in 2010, and claims it is owed money by Shell E&P Ltd. read more

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Garda examining claims alcohol was delivered to Mayo station

ARTICLES BY LORNA SIGGINS ABOUT THE SHELL GARDA SCANDAL PUBLISHED TODAY AUG 13, BY THE IRISH TIMES

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Garda examining claims alcohol was delivered to Mayo station

Senior officer’s examination underway for over a month

Tue, Aug 13, 2013

An Garda Síochána has appointed a senior officer to examine claims a company contracted to Shell E&P Ireland delivered large quantities of alcohol to Belmullet Garda station in Mayo. The Garda Press Office confirmed to The Irish Times last night that “a superintendent has been appointed to examine the matter”.

It is understood Supt Thomas Murphy of Swinford Garda station has been instructed to contact the contractor, OSSL, in relation to a number of allegations against the force. read more

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Shell welcomes Garda examination of alcohol claims

By: Lorna Siggins – Irish Times

Report claimed drink worth €35,000 was delievered to gardai on Shell’s behalf

Shell E&P Ireland said today it welcomes an examination by An Garda Síochána of allegations that a contractor delivered large quantities of alcohol to Belmullet Garda station on its behalf.

The lead Corrib gas project developer was responding to today’s Irish Times report that An Garda appointed a senior officer over a month ago to examine the claims made by contractor OSSL.

OSSL, which is managed by Desmond Kane of Glasgow and Neil Rooney of Belfast, provided services to the Corrib gas project from 2002 until 2010. read more

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