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Abuses of Garda Power in Erris of Donegal proportions

By: 
AFRI (Action From Ireland)

Afri call for enquiry into allegations of @Shell booze bribes to Gardaí:

Afri has supported calls for an independent international enquiry into allegations that large quantities of alcohol were supplied by Shell to Gardaí in Belmullet, who are responsible for policing the Corrib Gas Project. The statement issued by the Gardai in response to these allegations was paltry and insulting, said Joe Murray of Afri.

( Oberver story: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/10/shell-pipeline-protests-county-mayo?CMP=twt_gu )

In the context of the familiar images of Gardaí using heavy handed and violent policing tactics against peaceful protesters in Erris, the need for such an independent investigation is all the more urgent.

Is it possible that such large amounts of alcohol, freely available in Belmullet Garda Station, has contributed to this violent behaviour, either as an incentive or reward? Afri called on Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, whose record on this conflict has been appalling to date, to overcome his bias against the protesters, and to initiate an independent enquiry. Otherwise, it will appear that he believes this to be an acceptable model of how the law works in Ireland.

Afri has previously called for such an enquiry believing that there there are abuses of Garda power in Erris of ‘Donegal proportions’, as revealed in the Morris Tribunal, and that urgent, immediate and independent investigation is required.

Joe Murray, Coordinator

http://www.afri.ie

@afripeace

( Oberver story: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/10/shell-pipeline-protests-county-mayo?CMP=twt_gu )

Posted Date: 
13 August 2013