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What did Bertie and co. do in return for sterling and dollars?

What did Bertie and co. do in return for sterling and dollars?
Recent months have triggered revelation after revelation into what is starting to look like decades of endemic corruption in Irish political life. Whilst the corporate dealings of people like Charles Haughey, Ray Burke and Frank Fahey are well documented, the past weeks have provided new insights into what is beginning to look like an entrenched culture of corporate influence into Irish state policy, facilitated by high status politicians. The below newly compiled timeline, based on research currently available online and elsewhere, paints a grim picture of Irish democracy in 2008. This is only the beginning of data that will be emerging in the coming days and weeks.... Stay tuned, more to come..... 1984 ENTERPRISE OIL ARRIVE IN IRELAND 1985 MARATHON OIL AND ENTERPRISE OIL LOBBIED RAY BURKE TO PUSH FOR CHANGES IN OIL/GAS LEGISLATION. RAY BURKE IN OPPOSITION, LOBBIED HARD IN DAIL TO CHANGE KEATING TERMS (DÁIL RECORDS). 1987 RAY BURKE, AS ENERGY MINISTER, AFTER PRIVATE MEETING WITH OIL COMPANIES AND WITHOUT OFFICIALS PRESENT, MAKES FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES TO LEGISLATION - STATE’S AUTOMATIC 50% STAKE IN ANY DISCOVERY ABOLISHED - RYALTIES ABOLISHED 1992 ONGOING LOBBYING BY OIL COMPANIES REWARDED WITH TOTAL GIVEAWAY DEAL BY BERTIE AHERN AND BOBBY MOLLOY. - LOWEST WORLD OIL TAX RATE OF 25% - 20 YEAR LICENSES - 100% TOTAL WRITE-OFF’S OIL COMPANIES DICTATED TERMS AND INCREMENTALLY GAINED CONTROL OF IRELAND’S HYDROCARBON RESOURCES. 1993 DES RICHARDSON SETS UP NATIONAL FIANNA FAIL FUNDRAISING GROUP AT BEHEST OF BERTIE AHERN TO CLEAR HUGE DEBTS INCURRED BY CHARLIE HAUGHEY. OFFICES IN BERKLEY COURT HOTEL. JOHN MCGOLDRICK, MD ENTERPRISE ENERGY IRELAND, WAS PART OF THIS AD HOC GROUP. 1994/1995 LICENSES ISSUED BY MICHAEL LOWERY OF FINE GAEL COALITION GOVERNMENT. ENTERPRISE OIL DOES VERY WELL FROM LICENSING ROUND. ONGOING CONTACT AND LOBBYING BY ENTERPRISE OIL AND JOHN MCGOLDRICK OF POLITICIANS, KEY MEDIA PEOPLE, CIVIL SERVANTS, PUBLIC SERVANTS ETC. JOHN LOUGHREY (FEATURED AT MORIARTY TRIBUNAL) THEN SECRETARY GENERAL OF ENERGY DEPARTMENT. 1996 CORRIB DISCOVERED. MASSIVE GAS FIND DISPUTED BY OIL COMPANIES. 1997 FF BACK IN POWER. BERTIE AHERN GIVES RAY BURKE A CABINET POST. (INEXPLICABLE DECISION AT THE TIME AS ALBERT REYNOLDS HAD REMOVED BURKE FROM CABINET) 1998 BIGGER SEDCO RIG RETURNS TO CORRIB FIELD. ENTERPRISE OIL ALLOWED TO MOVE OPERATIONS TO SCOTLAND. NO IRISH WORKERS NOW ON RIG. ‘HOSPITALITY TENT’ AT GALWAY RACES. JOHN MCGOLDRICK AND OIL EXECUTIVES A BIG PRESENCE. NB. BERTIE AHERN DENIED IN DÁIL THAT HE KNEW JOHN MCGOLDRICK. (2006 DR.JERRY COWLEY) 2000 BORD GÁIS ANNOUNCES PIPELINE FROM BALLINABOY TO GALWAY BEFORE PLANNING PERMISSION WAS SOUGHT. CHANGES MADE TO ASPECTS OF GAS AND COASTAL LEGISLATION OFHUGE BENEFIT TO OIL COMPANIES: STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS SI 110 2000 AND SI 389 2001 SIGNED BY BERTIE AHERN AND SI 517 2001 SIGNED BY FRANK FAHEY. 1976 GAS ACT AMENDED BY THE GOVERNMENT (‘SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PIPELINE’ NOEL DEMPSEY DÁIL ANSWER 2005) 2002 SHELL TAKES OVER ENTERPRISE OIL IN A HOSTILE TAKEOVER. 2003 BORD PLEANÁLA REFUSES PLANNING FOR BALLINABOY REFINERY. SHEL L BOSSES MEET BERTIE AHERN, MARTIN CULLEN AND DERMOT AHERNE IN TAOISEACH’S OFFICE 19TH SEPTEMBER. 2004 BORD PLEANÁLA DECISION REVERSED. ALL THE RESOURCES OF THE STATE PUT AT DISPOSAL OF SHELL AND PARTNERS TO PUSH THROUGH REFINERY AND PIPELINES IN MAYO – MAYO COUNTY COUNCIL, AN BORD PLEANÁLA, EPA, COILLTE, BORD NA MÓNA, PETER CASSELLS, THE COURTS, AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA, ÚDARÁS NA GAELTACHTA, RTE AND MEDIA. CONSISTENT LAW BREAKING BY SHELL IGNORED BY AUTHORITIES. MASSIVE EXPANSION OF REFINERIES AND MULTIPLE PIPELINES TO COME WITH SHELL AND PARTNERS HAVING TOTAL MONOPOLY OF WEST COAST RESERVES, FROM PRODUCTION TO REFINING AND SELLING ON FOR DISTRIBUTION AND EXPORT. NO BENEFIT TO IRELAND: WE MUST PAY MARKET PRICES. WE HAVE NO SECURITY OF SUPPLY. ALTHOUGH MINISTER EAMON RYAN AMENDED OIL AND GAS LEGISLATION IN 2007 CHANGES NOT RETROSPECTIVE AND WILL GIVE COUNTRY LITTLE OR NO BENEFIT.

Posted Date: 
10 April 2008 - 2:34pm