"The Government have clearly sent the message to Shell, ‘you can do whatever you want’. Fortunately due to protest, the refinery remains unconnected to the gas field. If, as Shell planned, gas had been flowing by now, we would potentially all be dealing with a gas leak and explosion.”
Media advisory - Issued by Dublin Shell to Sea - April 20th, 2012
GARDA OMBUDSMAN FINAL REPORT ON 'RAPE TAPE' DUE ON MONDAY 23 APRIL
-- Interim report misled public and undermined women who made recording public --
Following criticism of its handling of the March 2011 'rape tape' incident, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has indicated that it will release its final report on the matter next Monday (April 23rd). GSOC confirmed this to the 'Mayo News' (see link below).
GSOC's interim report of its investigation, published in July 2011, misled journalists and the public and served to undermine the case against Gardaí, primarily by falsely implying that the recording of the incident had been “tampered” with in some way.
A document published recently by Jerrie Ann Sullivan, her university lecturers and Shell to Sea details GSOC’s attempts to serve the interests of An Garda Síochána by undermining the women who made the recording public, while deflecting attention from the behaviour of Gardaí; and how GSOC threatened Sullivan and her lecturers with criminal prosecution and briefed against them to newspapers.
In December 2011, the BAI upheld a complaint by Jerrie Ann Sullivan against RTE over TV news reports which implied that the rape comments recording had been 'tampered with'.
BRIEFING DOCUMENT (April 5th, 2012:
Includes overview; account by Jerrie Ann Sullivan; statement by 7 NUI Maynooth academics; copy of GSOC interim report:
PRESS RELEASE (April 5th, 2012):
Masterclass in spin by Garda Ombudsman
Village Magazine (April 2012):
Handling of ‘Rape Tape’ criticised
Mayo News (17 April 2012):
RTÉ report on Corrib tape breached 'fairness'
Irish Times (3 December 2012)
‘Warning issued by Garda watchdog over Corrib tapes’
Irish Times (31 October 2011):
FOR VERIFICATION OR FURTHER COMMENT:
Caoimhe Kerins – 085-8328130
NOTES TO EDITORS
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