Multinational conglomerates like Shell are well used to operating in godforsaken Third World countries. They know how things work, how to keep corrupt authorities sweet. How to oil the cogs of power to keep them turning in the right direction.
Last Sunday’s Observer – and it would be a British, rather than an Irish media organ – claimed that a company contracted to Shell donated the Belmullet plod €35,000 worth of booze, after some particularly dedicated work against Corrib gas protestors.
See follow-up in today's IT, below.
You needn't expect much from the "investigation" into gardai, by gardai, on the matter.
They'll probably just clutch their heads and say they don't remember anything about it.
Senior garda examining claims alcohol was delivered to Mayo station
Lorna Siggins Irish Times, Tuesday 13th August 2013
An Garda Síochána has appointed a senior officer to examine claims a company contracted to Shell E&P Ireland delivered large quantities of alcohol to Belmullet Garda station in Mayo. The Garda Press Office confirmed to The Irish Times last night that “a superintendent has been appointed to examine the matter”.
It is understood Supt Thomas Murphy of Swinford Garda station has been instructed to contact the contractor, OSSL, in relation to a number of allegations against the force.
The “examination” has been underway for more than a month, and is subsequent to inquiries previously conducted by the gardaí following “allegations” made to the district officer at Belmullet Garda station on December 7th, 2011, that “alcohol was distributed to members of An Garda Síochána on behalf of Shell E&P”.
Inquiries conducted in relation to the December 2011 allegations had “found no evidence of alcohol being distributed to members of An Garda Síochána by, or on behalf of, Shell E&P”, gardaí have said.