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Convulsions in Irish Justice Dept and Policing

RESIGNED: Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

RESIGNED: Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

The creators of the mould-breaking TV comedy Seinfeld adopted two rules: no hugging, no learning. We need to apply those rules to our current episode of the dark farce of Irish “reform”. Of course, the details should be properly investigated but on the larger scale, there is nothing new to be learned here. The new inquiries will find what the old ones found: a culture in the Garda, Department of Justice and in the State as a whole of burying unwanted truths. 

By John Donovan

The convulsions in Ireland arising from the resignations of the Police Commissioner and the Justice Minister continue, with the Irish Cabinet discussing terms of reference for an inquiry into Garda cases.

Extracts

The Minister said the external review of the Department will be completed before the Dáil and Seanad rise for the summer recess. “I have committed to root and branch reform of the administration of justice in this country and this includes the Government Department responsible for this area.” In addition, the Cabinet resolved to urgently bring forward new legislation to strengthen the operation of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. Ms Fitzgerald further said that the new Independent Garda Authority will be up and running by the end of the year. read more

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Big oil firms pay big bucks to settle US charges of royalty fraud

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 23.56.16Extracts from a Reuters article by Alia Dharssi and Ashley Renders published Tuesday 13 May 2014 under the headline: Big oil firms accused of cheating on royalties lead fight to limit US disclosure rules

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Oil companies have paid $3 billion over the past 15 years to resolve a range of charges including that they regularly cheated the U.S. government and Native American communities out of royalties on oil and gas leases, raising concerns they use similar techniques to rob citizens in poor countries of resource wealth.

Royal Dutch Shell plc and Exxon Mobil Corp. are among the energy companies that have paid penalties and back payments on their U.S. energy leases and settled lawsuits accusing them of fraudulently underestimating the value of oil and gas to lower their royalty payments, research by Thomson Reuters Foundation shows. read more

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Shell Oil sues developer of Carousel tract in Carson for contamination cleanup

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 02.10.35Extracts from an article by Sandy Mazza, published by the Daily Breeze on 12 May 2014

Everyone agrees that Shell Oil Co. left masses of waste petroleum just beneath the surface of a residential Carson neighborhood for decades, but the company now says it shouldn’t be held responsible for cleaning the mess. In a lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, Shell points the finger of blame at the developers of the 50-acre tract of single-family houses that was built in the mid-1960s.  Shell officials believe the developers assumed responsibility for the property’s waste oil and tank debris when they bought the land. The developers have argued they never touched the tarnished soil and have nothing to do with it. …residents are seeking payment for decades of poor health and declining home values due to the contamination. They claim they and their pets have been made sick with ailments such as headaches, cancer, blood disorders and many other conditions. read more

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