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April 2015

Fisherman claims garda struck him ‘three or four fast ones’

By: 
Mary Carolan - Irish Times

Man tells High Court incident happened during protest against Shell refinery in Mayo

Posted Date: 
30 April 2015

Man allegedly assaulted by two gardai during Shell to Sea protest, court hears

By: 
Irish Independent

A MAN was allegedly assaulted by two gardai during during a protest over the Shell Corrib gas field in Co Mayo, a High Court jury has been told.

One officer punched the man in the face before another garda, who was the father of the first officer, struck him on the head in "unprovoked assaults", the court heard.  The claims are denied.

Posted Date: 
29 April 2015

Gardaí punched man in face and head at Corrib protest, jury hears

By: 
Mary Carolan - Irish Times

Two officers involved are ‘accomplished’ boxers, High Court told

A garda, described as an “accomplished boxer”, punched a man in the face during a protest over the Shell Corrib gas field in Co Mayo, a High Court jury has been told.

The garda’s father, also garda and a boxer, then punched him in the head, the jury heard.

There was Garda “indiscipline, brutality and excessive force” during the protest and unprovoked assaults were perpetrated on three local men by gardaí, counsel for the three said.

There was an “unexplained” and “mysterious” gap in a Garda video recording of the protest, Micheál P. O’Higgins SC added.

He was opening separate civil actions by Patrick Coyle, a farmer, Barnatra, Ballina, and brothers Patrick O’Donnell and Martin O’Donnell,Shore, Porturlin, Ballina, both fishermen, over the alleged assaults.

The three cases are being heard together before Mr Justice Paul McDermott and a jury and are listed for five days.

Posted Date: 
29 April 2015

Get on with it: reform the Garda.

By: 
Jonny Baxter - Village.ie

A big spin is underway about “the biggest ever reshuffle of senior gardaí” by incoming Garda Commissioner, Noirin O’Sullivan with “nearly 100 senior officers being transferred and promoted” and the Irish Times editorialising about a “bold and brave new start”. So Village  decided to have a look back at incidents of corruption, malfeasance, harassment and intimidation which have significantly compromised the reputation of the Irish police force; and to which she needs to direct herself.

Posted Date: 
27 April 2015

EPA proposing to grant Shell a pollution license and it costs €126 to object

On the 13th of April, the EPA proposed to grant Shell an Industrial Emissions Licence to operate Bellanaboy refinery.

This proposed decision can be objected to but it will cost €126 to object or cost €100 to ask for an oral hearing.  That it costs residents of the area  €126 to put in their views of pollution being allowed in their area is a disgrace.

The proposed decision can be viewed here: http://www.epa.ie/licences/lic_eDMS/090151b28052f9be.pdf

Posted Date: 
18 April 2015

Shell Ireland gets fresh €123m cash injection

By: 
Gordon Deegan - Irish Independent

New documents lodged with the Companies Office confirm the increase in capital at Shell E&P Ireland Ltd to €1.28bn.

The injection of €123m represents good news for the hundreds of Shell workers in Ireland as approximately €65m of the capital injection is being used to fund what Shell describe as "an important development for the Irish Shell Contributory Pension Fund".

Posted Date: 
18 April 2015

RTE failed to truthfully inform the public on Corrib

By: 
Shell to Sea

News Release - Issued by Shell to Sea - April 12th, 2015 - For immediate release

-- Shell to Sea send submission on RTE's Public Service Statement --

Shell to Sea have today sent in a submission to RTE as part of RTE's public consultation on the updating of their Public Service Statement [1]. In the submission, Shell to Sea claimed that RTE had failed to inform the public in an honest and balanced manner on the Corrib Gas project.

In the submission nine examples of RTE bias over the course of the more than decade long community campaign against the Corrib Gas project were highlighted.

One of the examples given related to the so-called “Garda Rape tape” over which RTE were forced by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to issue an apology, after a news item broadcast on July 28th 2011 was deemed by the BAI to be “inaccurate”, “unfair” and “harmful” to a Corrib campaigner. This related to Gardaí being inadvertently recorded joking about threatening to rape the two women who were in their custody. At the time of the incident the Garda Commissioner acknowleged the incident had happened and apologised for the incident occurring. Despite this RTE subsequently attempted to create the impression that the recording of the incident had been “altered” or “tampered with”. [2]

Posted Date: 
12 April 2015