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December 2011

Ex-sergeant awarded €33,000 over 'thief' claim

By: 
Áine Ryan - Irish Times

A FORMER garda sergeant has been awarded €33,000 damages in a defamation case he took against a leading member of the Corrib gas protest.

James Gill claimed north Mayo fisherman Pat O’Donnell, known locally as The Chief, accused him, within earshot of protesters and gardaí, of stealing diesel and smuggling tyres, during a protest at Ballinaboy on November 3rd, 2006.

Posted Date: 
10 December 2011

Garda gets €33,000 for fuel theft claim

By: 
Brian McDonald - Irish Independent

A FORMER garda sergeant was awarded €33,000 in damages yesterday for defamation taken against a leading opponent of the Corrib Gas project.

James Gill, who retired from the gardai last month, won his action for damages and aggravated damages against Pat O'Donnell, known as 'The Chief'.

Mr Gill (52), of Crossmolina, Co Mayo, had claimed that he was branded a thief and a smuggler in loud comments made in public by Mr O'Donnell (54), of Porturlin, Ballina, Co Mayo.

Posted Date: 
10 December 2011

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

By: 
Laurence - MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism at Maynooth

A good Irish Times article by Lorna Siggins on the knots the Garda Ombudsman Commission have tied themselves in around the recordings of Gardai discussing raping and deporting protestors. There has still been no word from GSOC on their difficulties in grasping what research confidentiality means, or why it seems hard to understand that digital cameras record files separately so that research material can be deleted without touching other files.

Posted Date: 
9 December 2011

Pipeline movie shines light on Irish psyche

By: 
Luke O'Neill - Irish Echo

The Rossport Five were released after a 95-day imprisonment. (File pic)

Posted Date: 
9 December 2011

Ex-garda claims he was defamed at protest

By: 
Áine Ryan - Irish Times

[Shell to Sea]  What is not mention in either of the newspaper reports on the case is that Retired Garda Sgt. James Gill is the Garda who made the worst of the comments on the infamous "rape-tape".  This is due to the fact that Judge Margaret Heneghan ruled that it would be "entirely unwise" to allow questions on this subject to be put to Mr Gill.

Posted Date: 
8 December 2011

Dáil Committe Debate of 29th Nov 2011 - Pobal Chill Chomáin, Pobal le Chéile, Pro Gas Mayo submissions

By: 
debates.oireachtas.ie

Chairman: I welcome our witnesses, Mr. Ciarán Ó Murchú and Mr. Anthony Irwin from Pobal le Chéile and Mr. Vincent McGrath, chairman, Fr. Michael Nallen, Ms Mary Corduff and Mr. John Monaghan from Pobal Chill Chomáin.

Posted Date: 
8 December 2011

Shell-to-Sea 'Chief' denies garda slur in defamation case

By: 
Brian McDonald - Irish Independent

A LEADING campaigner against the Corrib Gas project in north Mayo yesterday denied accusing a garda sergeant of being a thief and a smuggler.

Pat O'Donnell (54), of Porturlin, Ballina -- known locally as 'The Chief' -- was defending an action for defamation taken against him by James Gill (52), of Crossmolina, a former station sergeant at Bangor Erris, Co Mayo.

Posted Date: 
8 December 2011

Pobal Chill Chomain presentation to Oireachtas Committee on Offshore Exploration

By: 
Pobal Chill Chomain

We'll begin our presentation with a quote from an initial letter, written by the three priests of Kilcommon parish in North West Mayo in October 2007, to then Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan, in reference to the ongoing difficulties with the proposed Corrib Gas development.

Posted Date: 
8 December 2011

Who is to blame for RTÉ’s false claim that the ‘rape tape’ was ‘tampered with’?

By: 
William Hederman - IrishOilandGas.com

Just before its main evening television news programmes this evening (December 7th, 2011), RTÉ will broadcast what campaigners are calling an “apology” for its coverage of the so-called “rape tape” saga. RTÉ have pointed out that it is in fact a “correction” rather than an apology, but it amounts to the same thing.

The station was ordered to broadcast this “correction” by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) because a report by its crime correspondent Paul Reynolds on July 28th 2011 was “inaccurate”, “unfair” and “harmful” to Jerrie Ann Sullivan. She is one of the women whose arrest last March led to a Garda sergeant and his colleagues joking about threatening to rape the women who were then in their custody.

Posted Date: 
7 December 2011

Understanding tonights RTE apology for bias in Corrib gas dispute

By: 
Andrew Flood - WSM.ie

Station’s crime correspondent Paul Reynolds falsely reported that recording of Garda rape conversation was ‘tampered with’

Shell to Sea has revealed that RTÉ is being compelled to broadcast an apology ahead of Wednesday's Six-One and Nine O’Clock TV news programmes, as a result of RTÉ's biased coverage of Shell's attempt to build an experimental gas pipeline and refinery in Erris. In this specific case, RTÉ chose to ignore the facts as explained to them by Shell to Sea around technical issues concerning the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) investigation into the conversation Garda had about threatening to rape two women Shell to Sea campaigners they had arrested in April this year. RTÉ instead reported as fact the false suggestions of Justice Minister Alan Shatter, that part of the recording of the arrest had been deleted. 

Posted Date: 
7 December 2011