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Shelling Out Sweeteners

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 13.58.15By John Donovan

The Irish satirical website broadsheet.ie has published an extensive article about Shell sponsored corruption in Ireland involving gifts (bribes) of up to €900,000 in value.  

The website has published two key items; an invoice sent to Shell E&P Ireland by its agent OSSL for £30,000 worth of alcohol supplied to named senior police officers and a transcript of a covertly recorded 42 minute meeting between OSSL and its Dublin solicitor when the alcohol was mentioned over 60 times.

The solicitor in question Mr Marc Fitzgibbon, attended multiple high level meetings with Shell when the supposedly non-existent alcohol was freely discussed. 

Shell has acknowledged receipt of the OSSL invoice raised years after the alcohol was supplied. It should be a simple matter for the police or tax authorities to investigate whether the invoice is legitimate. read more

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Third Successive Year of OSSL Pre-AGM Bombardment of Shell Underway

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By John Donovan

The third successive year of a pre-AGM email bombardment of Shell by its former “Mr Fixit” company in Ireland, OSSL, is fully underway.

Several emails are sent every day by OSSL, not just to top executives at Shell, such as Ben van Beurden  but to the Irish Justice Minister and Senior Irish Police Officers.

The subject is always the same.

The alcohol purchased by OSSL on behalf of Shell, which OSSL distributed to senior Irish police officers on behalf of Shell. Police officers who took delivery are named in the emails. They were also named in a taxation invoice sent to Shell by OSSL for some £30,000 worth of police alcohol.  read more

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Shell led Corrib Gas Pipeline Project comes unstuck

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Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 16.37.36Article by Norma Costello published 23 March 2015 by vice.com under the headline:

A Massive Pipe Came Loose in an Atlantic Gas Field and Irish Environmentalists Are Not Happy

The Corib Gas pipeline project by the Western Irish fishing village of Rossport, County Mayo, has always been a source of controversy. It was established amid arrests and police batons, against the wishes of locals and environmental protesters. The project is supposed to start pumping gas this summer, and those activists remain convinced that extracting fossil fuels from an area famed for its natural beauty is a bad idea.

Just over a week ago, an 800 metre pipe that was supposed to be fixed to the sea-bed floated to the surface. Feeling that their fears may have been justified, local activists are demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) looks into it. I contacted the EPA who had previously said they would be investigating the issue. When I asked whether members of the EPA would visit the site, I was told they “don’t consider it necessary at this time”. read more

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John Donovan invited by Irish Justice Minister to provide evidence to Irish Police Ombudsman Commission

John Donovan, Co-founder Royal Dutch Shell Plc.com

John Donovan, Co-founder Royal Dutch Shell Plc.com

Email sent by John Donovan to Garda Slochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) 25 March 2015

SHELL CORRUPTION OF IRISH POLICE AS ADMITTED BY ITS AGENT/CONTRACTOR: OSSL

Dear Sirs

I attach for your information a copy of a letter dated 12 March 2015 from Ms Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Irish Minister for Justice and Equality, addressed to Mr Bernard J Durkan TD. 

This is similar in content to replies sent recently to other T.D’s – all of whom kindly took this matter up with the Minister on my behalf, who has now invited me to supply the GSOC with evidence.

I want to keep this simple, so I will restrict my comments to one item of evidence which has already been supplied, but not acted upon, plus important items of evidence that have emerged since the GSOC Report published in July 2014. read more

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Email to John Donovan from the Irish Justice Minister

Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 16.08.10CORRUPTION SURROUNDING THE CORRIB GAS PROJECT IN IRELAND

By John Donovan

Today, apparently by co-incidence, I received an email sent to me on behalf of the Irish Justice Minister, Ms Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. (Photo)

It was only yesterday that I posted an article on the above subject after a long break in coverage.

The email from the justice ministry contains an apology for the delay in responding to a communication I sent to the minister several months ago. It related to the admittance by a Shell supplier OSSL, that it had for a long period distributed bribes to the Irish police, and other Irish parties, including land owners, at the express instruction of their client Shell EP Ireland. I reported the unusual circumstances in which OSSL was demanding payment from Shell to cover bribes paid on its behalf. read more

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SHELL AGM 2015: IRISH POLICE ALCOHOL BILL ON THE AGENDA

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Screen Shot 2015-03-07 at 17.47.32JOHN DONOVAN EMAIL TO MR MICHIEL BRANDJES, COMPANY SECRETARY AND GENERAL COUNSEL CORPORATE, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC

On 3 Mar 2015, at 23:40, John Donovan wrote:

Dear Mr Brandjes

Several months ago, I publicly accused OSSL directors of bombarding Shell with blackmail demands for two years over the Shell sponsored corruption scandal in Ireland.

OSSL directors admitted supplying “gifts” on behalf of its client Shell EP Ireland to various parties, including the Irish police, to smooth the troubled path of the Corrib Gas Project.

One apparently legitimate OSSL invoice to Shell was for £30,000 of free booze showered on Irish cops accused of acting brutally towards “Shell To Sea” campaigners. read more

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Update on OSSL Shell Scandal

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 23.00.33By John Donovan

At the weekend I published an article under the headline: “Irish Police reopen and expand investigation into Shell corruption case?”

A question mark was placed at the end of the headline to denote a degree of uncertainty. 

This is my take on the actual situation according to information I have received today.

After pointing out that a recent Garda Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) investigation found no evidence of the alcohol supplied to Garda officers by OSSL on behalf of Shell and stating that the matter is closed, the Irish Justice Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, grudgingly invited OSSL to contact the GSOC with any evidence to support various related allegations. read more

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Irish Police reopen and expand investigation into Shell corruption case?

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 23.00.33By John Donovan

According to an insider source, the Irish Police Garda Ombudsman Commission has reopened and expanded an investigation into evidence of corruption surrounding the Corrib Gas Project in Ireland.

I understand that this development was prompted by new evidence published on this website in relation to the whistleblower Irish company OSSL. Its directors have admitted distributing bribes on behalf of the Shell led project consortium.

This apparent development seems to be at odds with a statement issued by the Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, in the Irish Parliament on 4 December 2014.

OSSL strenuously denies allegations that it has attempted to blackmail Shell and its project partners, Statoil and Vermilion. Shell has provided written proof that it has received hundreds of money demands from OSSL for the alcohol. read more

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IRISH GOVERNMENT RESPONSE ON OSSL/SHELL SCANDAL

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 14.03.53In addition to these issues being pursued by Irish TD’s seeking the truth, I now intend to bring these matters to the attention of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in relation to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. I will also be circulating a full brief, supported by hard evidence, to every US Senator and Congressman.

By John Donovan

Printed below is a question kindly raised yesterday in the Irish Parliament by Clare Daly TD together with the official response from the Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

My comments are posted under the link to a press statement by Irish Shell.

QUESTION NO: 114
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Ms. Fitzgerald)
by Deputy Clare Daly
for WRITTEN on Thursday, 4th December, 2014.

* To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if she has referred the information brought to her attention in relation to invoices sent from OSSL to Shell and E and P Ireland on 24 August 2012 regarding deliveries of alcohol to Gardaí, to Tax and Customs authorities for investigation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. read more

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Danger to Shell from Class Action Lawsuits Arising from Bribery

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 23.00.33By John Donovan

Two articles have just been published about bribery that have relevance to Shell and its shareholders.

An article by The Economist under the headline “Graft work” makes the point that “The most briberiddled sectors are oil, gas, mining, construction and transport.”

Extract

GONE are the days when multinationals could book bribes paid in far-flung countries as a tax-deductible expense. These days would-be palm-greasers have to contend with ever-tougher enforcement of old laws, such as America’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, and a raft of new ones in countries from Britain to Brazil.

The other article worth reading is also in relation to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Published by the Legal Newsline, it reports on the filing of a class action lawsuit alleging that an oil company – Cobalt International Energy – has violated United States federal law by engaging in bribery with foreign officials. read more

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Shell corruption that led to blackmail

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The invoice for the alcohol has been the foundation of a two year blackmailing operation with OSSL bombarding money demands on Shell for alcohol Shell had already paid for in full. Consequently, the OSSL invoice is of huge significance in relation to alleged very serious corruption and associated blackmail on an unprecedented scale.

EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN TO FRANCES FITZGERALD, JUSTICE MINISTER OF IRELAND.

From: John Donovan <[email protected]

Subject: OSSL SHELL BLACKMAIL/CORRUPTION
Date: 24 November 2014 22:07:25 GMT
Cc: [email protected]
To: INFO <[email protected]>Dear Justice Minster Frances Fitzgerald

I am writing as a follow-up to my email of 4 November 2014.

Your office acknowledged safe receipt in the response sent on your behalf on 19 November.

I believe you will find that a number of TD’s will be contacting you on this matter.

There is a key piece of evidence that I suspect has never received the scrutiny it deserves. read more

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OSSL SHELL BLACKMAIL

OSSL is demanding payment for over €30,000 worth of alcohol OSSL supplied to Irish cops on behalf of Shell, which says it entered into a full and final confidential settlement with OSSL in August 2012 and refuses to pay them off again. 

Desmond Kane of OSSL outside Shell office in Dublin

By John Donovan

On 16 November 2014 I informed a senior Garda officer about an apparent blackmail operation by an Irish company OSSL being carried out against the Corrib Gas Project, led by Shell.

I supplied details from the most recent blackmail note/email sent by OSSL dated 14 November 2014 to various people at Shell, Statoil and Vermilion.

The following day I received an email from OSSL containing an unspecified threat, which I assumed to be a threat to issue a defamation action.

By coincidence or otherwise, the bombardment of hundreds of money demands to Shell and associated parties over the past two years appear to have ceased on 14 November. read more

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BLACKMAILING SHELL: DEFAMATION THREAT FROM OSSL

We at OSSL would like to caution you as the editor of your Shell Blog, about the use of the term blackmail in the matter headlined above.

EMAIL RECEIVED FROM OSSL

From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]>
Date: 17 November 2014 08:54:38 GMT
To: John Shell News <[email protected]>, Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]>
Subject: Unfounded claims of Blackmail ..Shell / Police / alcohol gifting /OSSL

Mr Donovan ,

We at OSSL would like to caution you as the editor of your Shell Blog, about the use of the term blackmail in the matter headlined above.

There is no question of OSSL attempting to blackmail Shell, we would point you in the direction of this fact ….the monetary ingredient in this dispute is not a demand for cash from Shell ….which is Shells cash …..it is a demand for the return of our cash laid out on Shells behalf at their demand to satisfy purchases for covert items of which “police alcohol” and “tennis courts” are only part of the whole picture . read more

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OSSL BLACKMAIL PLOT AGAINST SHELL

Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 23.49.54To its credit Shell has not given in to the subsequent money demands, but neither has it apparently reported the matter to the Irish Police. One can see the difficulty. How do you go about asking the Irish police to investigate a blackmail plot over free alcohol worth over €35,000 given to the Irish Police accused of being “Shell’s Cops” and acting brutally towards people protesting against the controversial project?

JOHN DONOVAN EMAIL TO SUPERINTENDENT PATRICK DISKIN OF THE IRISH POLICE, THE GARDA

From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Subject: OSSL BLACKMAIL PLOT AGAINST SHELL

Date: 16 November 2014 20:43:08 GMT
Cc: [email protected], Ed Vulliamy <[email protected]>, Lorna Siggins <[email protected]>, Dan Griffin <[email protected]>, Áine Ryan <[email protected]>, Paul O’Donoghue <[email protected]>, “Boucher-Hayes, Philip” <[email protected]>, Olga Cronin <[email protected]>, Erlend Skarsaune <[email protected]>
To: [email protected] read more

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Pending Vacancy for Company Secretary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc?

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 19.17.03APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR A PENDING VACANCY AT ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC FOR THE POSITION OF COMPANY SECRETARY AND GENERAL COUNSEL CORPORATE. THE VACANCY ARISES FROM THE PENDING RETIREMENT OF THE CURRENT HOLDER, MR MICHIEL BRANDJES (ABOVE).  GENEROUS SALARY, CHAUFFEUR, PRIVATE JET AND BONUS SCHEME FOR THE RIGHT PERSON.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must have flexible integrity, a wiliness to bend rules and regulations, communicate in double Dutch, participate in cover-ups (e.g. the Brent Bravo scandal), mislead financial regulators and shareholders (reserves scandal), ignore emails, even from Shell shareholders; delay issuance of profit warnings; put the best interests of crooked Shell directors first, in the confident knowledge that they are insured against incompetence, negligence and dishonesty, and can still walk away with an $18.5 million payoff (Sir Philip) even if they ruin the company.
  • Be prepared to conspire with colleagues, anticipating potentially embarrassing questions that might be raised at the Shell AGM and devising deliberately evasive and misleading answers.
  • Willing to have tea and biscuits with Messrs Kane and Rooney when they make their annual OSSL blackmail pilgrimage to the Shell AGM,  demanding payment for alcohol used to bribe Irish cops on Shell’s behalf.
  • Vigorously defend Shell’s whitewash of its support for Hitler and the Nazi.
  • Fend off all claims that Shell has stolen Intellectual Property.
  • Be prepared to authorise private undercover spies to infiltrate and destroy/undermine perceived enemies, such as Greenpeace and anyone that sues Shell.

This assessment of ideal requirements is based on the current occupant of the office of Shell Company Secretary and his recent predecessors.

Interested?

This is the link you need to use for all Shell job applications. 

http://www.shell.com/global/aboutshell/careers.html

Note from John Donovan. The timing of this invitation is based on my information that Mr Brandjes is 60 years old in December and will be retiring from Shell. If this is wrong, then he only needs to let me know and it will be removed immediately. I would send him an email to double check but he never bothers to reply even though I am a Shell shareholder. Nonetheless, I hope that he has a long enjoyable retirement whenever that day arrives. read more

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Shell gave Irish Cops enough alcohol to stock a pub

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Above item recently circulated by OSSL

EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN TO FRANCES FITZGERALD, IRISH MINISTER FOR JUSTICE.  SENT 10 NOVEMBER 2014

From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Subject: OSSL Shell
Date: 10 November 2014 16:17:03 GMT
Cc: [email protected]
To: [email protected]

Dear Justice Minster Frances Fitzgerald

I sent an email to you on 4 November 2014 regarding the corruption/blackmail allegations surrounding OSSL and Irish Shell.

The basic issue raised is whether OSSL has been blackmailing Shell in relation to alcohol improperly supplied to the Garda by OSSL on behalf of Shell.

In this connection, I supplied you with a covert recording of a consultation between OSSL directors and their then solicitor, Mr Marc Fitzgibbon of the Lavelle law firm in Dublin. I also supplied a transcript. Both are now accessible online. read more

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SHELL OSSL IRISH FABLES

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Shell says the alcohol never existed. On the other hand, if it did exist, they have already paid for it as part of a full and final settlement with OSSL who, in addition to being bootleggers, may also be blackmailers demanding money from Shell over a bribery scheme.

THE AUDIO OF THE COVERTLY RECORDED CONSULTATION BETWEEN OSSL AND MR MARC FITZGIBBON OF THE LAVELLE LAW FIRM DUBLIN IS NOW ACCESSIBLE BELOW. APOLOGIES FOR SOME OF THE LANGUAGE USED BY MR DESMOND KANE. 

By John Donovan

Subject to any technical glitch or legal challenge, I intend to publish on the Internet within a few days, a number of items of evidence relating to the OSSL corruption allegations against the Shell led Corrib Gas Consortium in Ireland.

The allegations include bulk delivery of free alcohol to senior Irish Police Officers by way of an extremely generous Christmas gift from the Consortium venture, which involves Shell, Statoil and Vermilion.

Some might call it a bribe.

OSSL, a small local company admitted purchasing the alcohol in Northern Ireland, transporting it across the border and handing it over to the Garda. All on the instructions of named individuals at Shell. read more

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Corrib Gas Project: Blackmail & Corruption?

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 17.34.44JOHN DONOVAN EMAIL CIRCULATED 4/5 NOVEMBER 2014 TO EVERY IRISH TD MEMBER OF THE IRISH PARLIAMENT.

This information is being supplied to you despite written threats I have received from Mr Marc Fitzgibbon, a senior partner of Dublin law firm, Lavelle.

Mr Fitzgibbon represents OSS, the small “Mr Fixit” company which has distributed “sweeteners” (bribes) to smooth the path of the controversial Corrib Gas Project – the consortium venture led by Shell (45%), in which the Norwegian State Oil company Statoil (36.5%) and the Canadian company, Vermilion Energy (18.5%), are Shell’s partners. read more

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OSSL Blackmail Plot Against Shell?

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By John Donovan

Since 22 October 2014 I have been updating an article posing the question: “Shell being blackmailed?”

Top people at Royal Dutch Shell  have all spoken directly to a director of a former Shell “Mr Fixit” company in Ireland, OSSL, which has bombarded Shell with money demands to settle a dispute that Shell says it has already settled.

To be specific, Desmond Kane of OSSL has spoken in person to Peter Voser, Ben van Beurden, Jorma Ollila, Michiel Brandjes, Michael Crothers (and other senior people at Shell). read more

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Shell 15 page confidential statement about OSSL allegations

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By John Donovan

I have provided a link to a 15 page document dated 3 October 2014, which Shell supplied to OSSL, the Irish company that has made serious allegations against Shell.

The information in the document may be of interest to some readers who have followed the long running saga and likewise newspapers and TV and radio stations who have covered the story.

As will be seen, Shell repeatedly states that OSSL has demanded money from them when all claims by OSSL against Shell have, according to Shell, already been settled.  read more

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Shell paid the Irish Police €158,746

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Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 17.29.11By John Donovan

We now have official confirmation that the Garda cops accused of brutality towards Corrib Gas Project protestors were working for Shell.

According to an article published today by The Irish Times, Shell has paid the Garda €158,746 for policing in Ireland, mainly arising from the force’s operation guarding the controversial Corrib gas pipeline in Co Mayo.

The article says:

Details of the fees charged by the Garda for what it terms “non-public duty”, carried out by Garda members working overtime, have never been released before. read more

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Shell/OSSL: The Irish Policing Fiasco Continues

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By John Donovan 

SHELL FUNDED CORRUPTION IN THE CORRIB GAS PROJECT IN IRELAND

According to an Irish Independent article, the former Irish Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, who corresponded with me in relation to the OSSL corruption allegations against Shell and the Irish Police, has launched a blistering attack on the bosses of the watchdog Garda Ombudsman service (GSOC).  

The GSOC is the hopelessly incompetent outfit responsible for a so-called “investigation” of the OSSL allegations. In fact, they never even approached a key witness, Mr Marc Fitzgibbon, a senior Dublin lawyer. He was personally present during a series of meetings with top people at Shell, when OSSL demanded and Shell agreed to pay OSSL for  goods and services used to bribe various parties on behalf of Shell, including senior Irish cops.  read more

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OSSL/SHELL: AN ANONYMOUS LETTER WITH A DUBLIN POSTMARK

You and your late father seem to have started out trying to hold Shell accountable for its actions. I hope you agree that accountability goes both ways, and it is fair that you should be held accountable for your own actions as well. The energy that fuels your website seems to be a deep resentment, or even hatred.

By John Donovan

I have published below a letter received today from Ireland. It relates to OSSL allegations against Shell.

Although the source is anonymous, the letter writer seems intelligent and genuine.

Otherwise I would not publish it or respond to what is said.

The first version is exactly as received.

In the second version, for ease of reference, I have inserted my comments in red text.

AN ANONYMOUS LETTER WITH A DUBLIN POSTMARK

Sept 4, 2014

Dear Mr Donovan

You and your late father seem to have started out trying to hold Shell accountable for its actions. I hope you agree that accountability goes both ways, and it is fair that you should be held accountable for your own actions as well. read more

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Is Police Corruption Legal in Ireland?

By John Donovan

On 1st September I sent an email to Desmond Kane of OSSL containing these opening paragraphs from a proposed article…

OSSL, the former Mr Fixit company for Shell EP Ireland, distributed sweeteners (bribes) on behalf of Shell to various parties to ease the tortuously slow progress of the controversial Corrib Gas Project.

The lucky recipients included a senior Irish Police Officer, Detective Chief Superintendent John Gilligan ([email protected])

I asked Mr Kane whether the article, including the above paragraphs, was okay. read more

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OSSL email sent to Irish Justice Minister today

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The following is an email OSSL sent to the Irish Justice Minister earlier today, copied to Shell. 

One name has been redacted. One sentence has been deleted.

From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]>
Date: 4 September 2014 07:52:21 BST
To: “<[email protected]>” <[email protected]>, Clare Daly <[email protected]>, Michael Crothers <[email protected]>
Subject: Please be clear ….

Minister, please be clear on the instruction of Shell we delivered alcohol …to your Mr John Gilligan ….and your Mr XXXXX XXXXXXX. read more

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The truth about OSSL allegations

 By John Donovan

OSSL, the former Mr Fixit company for Shell EP Ireland, distributed sweeteners (bribes) on behalf of Shell to various parties to ease the tortuously slow progress of the controversial Corrib Gas Project.

The lucky recipients included a senior Irish Police Officer, Detective Chief Superintendent John Gilligan ([email protected])

OSSL has now supplied me with evidence confirming that their allegations against Shell are true.

The evidence comes from a person of high repute personally present when senior  representatives of Shell, including the Managing Director of Shell EP Ireland. Michael Crothers, carried out repeated negotiations in an attempt to agree a settlement of monies owed to OSSL for buying the sweeteners on Shell’s behalf, including alcohol.   read more

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Update on OSSL Corruption Allegations Against Shell

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A contributor to the Shell Blog has requested an update on the long running OSSL saga. OSSL is the former “Mr Fixit” company working for Shell in Ireland that blew the whistle on alleged corruption surrounding the controversial Corrib Gas Project.

There have been two internal investigations by Royal Dutch Shell and three by the Irish police authorities. All reached the conclusion that there is no evidence to support the OSSL allegations.

In fact, there is evidence but for obvious reasons, neither the police nor Shell want to reveal the truth. read more

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Shell connection?: Garda laptop found in a Dutch brothel

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By John Donovan

The Irish Independent newspaper has published an article reporting that a worker at a Dutch brothel discovered a bag apparently containing “a laptop and documents as well as an “insignia” that allegedly identified the owner as being a member of An Garda Siochana”  – the Irish Police force. 

I note that comments have already been posted on the article raising the subject of the free alcohol given by Royal Dutch Shell to the Garda as part of Shell sponsored corruption surrounding the Corrib Gas Project.  read more

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Shell whistleblower OSSL challenges Irish police officers to take lie-detector test

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By John Donovan

OSSL, the company that admits supplying free alcohol to Irish police on behalf of Shell EP Ireland is challenging senior Irish police officers, who apparently deny receiving the goods said to be worth tens of thousands of Euros, to take lie detector tests. 

The challenge is contained in an email sent earlier today to senior executives of Shell including the Company Secretary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Mr Michiel Brandjes.

OSSL directors say that they are prepared to take lie-detector tests themselves with Shell representatives in attendance.  read more

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Defamatory posters at Shell Ireland HQ today

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CORRIB LIES AND COVER-UP

Former Irish Shell supplier OSSL, the “Mr Fixit” company that turned whistleblower over Shell corruption of the Garda, has today upped the defamation stakes still higher by putting posters on public display outside Shell EP Ireland HQ in Dublin.

They are displayed below.

Hence, if Shell decides to defend itself and Corrib manager Brian Foley against the OSSL allegations it claims are false, it will also have to sue me.

If Shell fails to defend Foley’s reputation, then the public will be able to draw the appropriate conclusion.   read more

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No prospect of libel action by Shell or the Garda against OSSL

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By John Donovan

Áine Ryan of The Mayo News has published an article today under the headline: Shell and An Garda Síochána welcome the report

According to her article, following publication of the Ombudsman findings, both Shell and the Garda have declined to say whether they will take legal action against OSSL “for possible reputational damage due to the public nature of the allegations.” 

I can answer this question with complete confidence.

There is absolutely no chance that this would happen because the truth might come out.  read more

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All guns blazing from company that alleged Shell Corruption of Irish Police

“Let us clearly state Officers Gilligan, Gill Butler and Grimes offloaded alcohol exactly as described by OSSL, and as clearly understood by Michael Crothers CEO of Shell when he offered to pay for it in The Burlington Hotel in Dublin in the presence of legal people for both Shell /OSSL.”

By John Donovan

If you make a serious accusation against a public servant and that individual is subsequently cleared by an official investigation, it becomes an even more serious libel if the same unfounded accusation is repeated.

This upping of the defamation stakes is multiplied in the case of Irish police officers accused by OSSL of handling alcohol purchased by OSSL on behalf of Shell, as they have been effectively cleared of the allegations in FIVE separate investigations. Two by the Garda, two by Shell and the most recent by the Garda Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). read more

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Top criminologist calls for inquiry into Corrib policing

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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. read more

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Irish Police Ombudsman Verdict On Shell Garda Corruption Allegations

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Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 16.30.10REPORT, PURSUANT TO SECTION 103 OF THE GARDA SÍOCHÁNA ACT (2005), INTO ALLEGATIONS OF PROVISION OF ALCOHOL TO CERTAIN GARDAÍ AND RELATED ISSUES

BACKGROUND

GSOC received two complaints, in October 2013, from partners in a company, which alleged that they had supplied alcohol, on behalf of another organisation, to garda stations in Co. Mayo in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The complainants said that they had reported the matter to the Garda Síochána in 2011, as a complaint of non-payment by the other company, and alleged that it had not been investigated properly by the Garda Síochána. read more

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Shell cleared of bribing Irish Police, but for how long?

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By John Donovan

According to a report published earlier this evening by the Irish Examiner, it appears that Shell has been cleared of bribing the Irish police.

Under the circumstances I will expect libel writs in the post from those police officers who I have named as being involved in the corruption which took place. 

Should I be worried? Not at all. 

The verdict of no evidence is in line with the previous internal investigation results by the Irish Police and Shell.

What will it do to the already heavily damaged reputation of the Irish Justice Ministry, the Garda and the Garda Ombudsman Commission, if in fact there is hard evidence proving the OSSL allegations? read more

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Garda watchdog finalises investigation into Belmullet garda booze allegations

Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 16.11.57Extract from an article by Áine Ryan published in The Mayo News Tuesday 8 July 2014

THE Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has confirmed to The Mayo News it is finalising its report about allegations by a former Shell contractor that Belmullet gardaí were given booze bribes. The allegations by services company, OSSL, have been reported in local, national and international media and were the subject of an internal inquiry by Shell and two Garda investigations.

Mr Desmond Kane, of OSSL, has claimed his company was instructed by Shell personnel to deliver a large amount of alcohol to Belmullet Garda Station before Christmas 2007. Shell has rejected the claim. However, Mr Kane says that, because of a dispute with the company, he was never paid for this delivery. He says he did get paid for earlier, smaller booze deliveries and other ‘sweeteners’ to local people. read more

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Disarray continues at Irish Police Ombudsman Commission

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Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 16.11.57By John Donovan 

It is not long off a year since the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) begun investigating OSSL whistleblower allegations of police corruption against Royal Dutch Shell in relation to the troubled Corrib Gas Project. 

Although Johan Groenewald, the person leading the investigation,said some time ago that publication of his findings was imminent, the process seems to have ground to a halt, possibly due to other controversial events surrounding the GSOC. 

There is some indication of the degree of disarray by the news today that a high level whistleblower – no less than a deputy chief of the GSOC – has “put the boot into watchdog boss and his former colleagues in a scathing five-page resignation letter.”  read more

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Legal panel to examine Garda misconduct allegations

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By John Donovan

The Irish Times has published an article under the headline “Legal panel to examine Garda misconduct allegations.”

Extracts

The Government has decided to hire seven barristers to examine as many as 220 outstanding allegations of Garda misconduct received from members of the public in light of the whistleblowers affair. The move came as the Government approved terms for draft laws to strengthen the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission with new powers, including the right to investigate any alleged criminal conduct by a Garda commissioner. In respect of some 220 allegations about members of the force, Attorney General Máire Whelan will engage a panel of two senior counsel and five junior counsel to scrutinise files and advise whether further action is required. At issue is a deluge of allegations received from the public by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Ministers, TDs and Government departments. read more

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Joint call for inquiry into Corrib policing

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 17.34.44Extracts from an Irish Times article by Lorna Siggins published 20 June 2014

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. read more

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Shatter raises concerns about GSOC leadership

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 17.25.56Extracts from an RTE News report published Thursday 19 June 2014 under the headline: “Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter slams ‘fundamentally flawed’ Guerin Report”

Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter (right) has accused Judge Sean Guerin of a “fundamentally flawed preliminary inquiry and report and an unprecedented rush to judgement”.

Mr Shatter was speaking during a Dáil debate on the Cooke report into allegations of bugging at the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.

Earlier, he said that as minister he had dealt with bugging allegations at the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission in a straightforward and truthful manner.

Mr Shatter said it was disturbing that the GSOC commissioners were so “imprecise” in their account to an Oireachtas committee that they fuelled speculation that Mr Shatter’s first statement to the Dáil was inaccurate. read more

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Changes to Ireland’s licensing terms for oil and gas

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News Release – Issued by Shell to Sea

June 18th , 2014 – For immediate release

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] read more

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Clare Daly says gardaí at Corrib gas site are the ‘hired hands’ of Shell

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INDEPENDENT TD CLARE DALY has backed the calls of Shell to Sea campaigners for an independent inquiry into the policing of the Corrib gas project in Co Mayo. Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Daly said that the “continued intimidation and harassment of the local community” by Shell needed to be investigated. Daly claimed that certain gardaí monitoring the project were acting as “hired hands for a multinational” and “arresting people without charge”. read more

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Call for a Public Inquiry into the Policing of the Shell/Corrib Gas Project

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Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 17.34.44Call for a Public Inquiry into the Policing of the Shell/Corrib Gas Project by the named eminent individuals and parties listed below

We support the recent demands for an inquiry into allegations of systemic Garda corruption and violence. We believe any such inquiry should include the Shell/Corrib pipeline police operation in North West Mayo. This is one of the longest running police operations in the history of the Irish state and has drawn critical attention from national and international human rights organisations1 since 2006 over the alleged violence and intimidation used by Gardaí against campaigners.

In 2007, campaigners submitted complaints en masse against the Gardaí to the newly established Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). Out of the 111 complaints received by GSOC between May 2007 and November 2009, 78 were deemed admissible and 7 sent to the DPP. The DPP rejected prosecution in all 7 cases. The majority of campaigners have since stopped submitting complaints to GSOC. In 2010, complaints from 400 Kilcommon residents were submitted to Shell’s Belmullet office detailing the “escalating physical and psychological harassment” continuing in the area. In 2012, residents again submitted a mass complaint, this time to Mayo County Council, outlining serious grievances arising out of the project, including experiences of private security and state policing, with no result. Any inquiry into the policing of the Shell/Corrib Gas Project cannot ignore the following extract from the minutes of the Shell Committee of Managing Directors meeting held in London 22/23 July 2002:”It was noted that development of the Corrib field may be delayed until 2004 as planning consent had been refused for the terminal. The committee queried whether the Group had sufficiently well placed contacts with the Irish government and regulators. Paul Skinner undertook to explore this issue further in consultation with the Country Chairman in Ireland”. read more

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Where is the queue to issue libel writs against John Donovan?

Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 16.30.10Will the findings prompt some of the named cops to issue libel writs against me? No, not a chance, because they know the truth and have got no intention of taking any action that ends up with them having to give evidence under oath. Consequently there is not a single soul who has or will take legal action. 

By John Donovan

The proof is provided below that since OSSL allegations of Shell sponsored corruption on the Corrib Gas Project were first brought to my attention in September 2012, I have written and published over 100 articles on the subject. Our regular visitors must be thoroughly bored by the subject. I know that at least one is.

I have named numerous individuals as having knowledge of these matters and named senior Garda Cops that were up to their necks in the free Shell booze scandal.

Last August I published an article: Where is my defamation writ from Shell? read more

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Garda Ombudsman Investigation of Shell Corruption allegations in disarray

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The investigation of allegations made by a Shell whistleblower company OSSL, of alleged Shell sponsored corruption of the Irish police, appears to be in a shambles following ill-judged on-the-record comments by the officer leading the inquiry, Johan Groenewald.

The relevant extraordinary email correspondence with me can be viewed here.

In the exchanges, which became heated on his part, Mr Groenewald denounced OSSL as being untrustworthy, rubbished and disregarded vital evidence, issued a threat against me and denied that he tore up (and has apparently disregarded) statements given to a senior Garda officer by OSSL directors. At some point he seems to have lost his impartiality.  read more

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Threat by GSOC officer leading investigation of Shell/Irish Police Corruption allegations

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  • Threat against John Donovan by officer leading Garda Ombudsman investigation of Shell/Irish Police Corruption allegations – Mr Johan Groenewald. 
  • Warning by Mr Groenewald about honesty of OSSL before he has even announced the result of his impartial investigation
  • Denial by Mr Groenewald that he tore up OSSL statements
  • As a result of revelations in the extraordinary email correspondence below, some Irish citizens may have reservations about his competence, impartiality, judgement, and plain common-sense to lead such an investigation
  • Some may conclude that due to his disregard of evidence, he has destroyed the credibility of his findings before they have even been published.

By John Donovan

I sent an email earlier this week to Johan Groenewald, the officer in charge of the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) investigation into OSSL allegations of Irish police corruption sponsored by Shell, relating to the controversial Corrib Gas Project.

I did not anticipate any response because Mr Groenewald had indicated through OSSL that he did not want to receive any emails from me.

Against expectations,  he did respond and has since engaged in a flurry of email correspondence with me, the tone of which was initially constructive and polite, but deteriorated earlier today when he resorted to issuing a threat and then sent a parting email message, before blocking my emails so I could not reply. read more

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Irish Corruption Scandal: OSSL Cessation of hostilities

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Last month I supplied OSSL directors with admittance passes for the Royal Dutch Shell AGM in The Hague.

I have already published a transcript of the resultant interesting public discussion between Desmond Kane for OSSL (above right) and the two top people at Shell, its CEO Ben van Beurden and Chairman Jorma Ollila.

Since then, the one way barrage of emails from OSSL to various parties, Shell, the Irish Police Commissioner, the Irish Justice Minister, Roadbridge, the Police Ombudsman, etc – all copied to me – seems to have ceased. read more

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‘Shell can celebrate all they want, but the fight is by no means over’

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THE COMPLETION OF the longest tunnel in Ireland is being celebrated by Shell Ireland – but the works have not been without disruption or tragedy. The construction of the 4.9 kilometre-long tunnel has been mired in controversy over the years with many residents and activists protesting to stop the building of the pipeline and the tunnel that runs under Sruwaddacon Bay, a special area of conservation. …speaking to TheJournal.ie, Shell to Sea activist Maura Harrington said: “Shell can celebrate all they want, but the fight is by no means over.” read more

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Ben van Beurden and Jorma Ollila agree OSSL meeting to achieve ‘a happy conclusion’

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By John Donovan

Printed below is a transcript of a self-explanatory exchange at the Shell AGM this morning involving Desmond Kane representing whistleblower company OSSL and Jorma Ollila (Chairman) and Ben van Beurden (CEO) representing Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

Note that Ben van Beurden repeatedly stresses that there is no evidence to support the allegations OSSL is “fond of making.”

What he does not say is that the alleged events never happened.

And what about the evidence of the OSSL invoice to Shell? Is Shell saying that the OSSL invoice is a fake? If so, Shell should call in the police. It would be their duty to do so. read more

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Corrib Corruption Scandal on the Agenda at Royal Dutch Shell AGM

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Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 00.03.05The Corrib corruption scandal and cover-up will  be raised at the Shell AGM on Tuesday. I can state on good authority that Shell lawyers have already prepared a script for Ben van Beurden to use for evasion purposes when confronted by OSSL directors. It mentions waiting for the outcome of the investigation by the Irish Police Ombudsman. Van Beurden can either continue with the cover-up tactics, or pick up the phone and ask Michael Crothers or Brian Foley to tell him the truth. Although unpalatable, it will emerge sooner or later. 

By John Donovan

REPLY TO POSTING ON SHELL BLOG BY LONDONLAD

LondonLad, no doubt by accident, you have misconstrued what OSSL stated. They never said that the allegation was first made 5 years ago. Please read it again. It is not an important point, but if something inaccurate is stated in print, then it is best to correct any such mistake immediately.

The first I heard about any of the relevant allegations was on 10 Sept 2012 when a long detailed email from OSSL to Brian Foley, the Contracts Manager for the highly controversail Corrib Gas Project, was forwarded to me without explanation. read more

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