Tuesday, 13 August 2013

€35,000 booze donation from Shell to gardai?

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.


Ella said...

Hi GM, the gardai in Belmullet are doing a wonderful job, mine is vodka and coke, make it a large one officer!

The Gombeen Man said...

Maybe we should ask "Have ye drink taken, officers?"

DC3 said...

If fully verifiable could give a whole new meaning to the term Beer Money. Shhhhure the LADS are only having the craic...

Nenad said...

Call me OT! Did you see this?

The Gombeen Man said...

The craic is right, DC3. The whole place is cracked.

Holy fuck, Ned. So here we have two disabled OAPs facing jail for not paying the RTE licence, which they would pay if they could. I think it mentioned in an earlier blog how many people were jailed for not paying their "TV licence", when our jails were unadorned with the corrupt presence of crooked TDs, councilors and bankers.

This is a new low, even by the standards or our wonderful "republic".

Nenad's link

DC3 said...

"republic" No SHAM ROCK. 1916 was a WASTE OF BLOOD AND LIFE.

Nenad said...

"Shame Rock" would be a better term considering what's happening to those old folks. It's shameful!
Life in this country becomes more and more absurd everyday, that some of my folks in Germany simply can't believe the stories I tell them. It's like being trapped in a bad comedy-movie.
My wife is going back to Germany at the end of this month. She's going for good. I'm staying for a little while longer. Not because I want to but because I have to.
There will be the day when I'm back in Germany, looking back on all those years in Ireland. I will write a book about it and it's not going to be another "Ireland the beautiful", that's for sure.

Ella said...

Hi Nenad - it's a shame you are returning to Germany but I do understand.

Now imagine that you were born and bred here and are fully aware and totally disgusted by the shenanigans that go on. Truly cringe worthy..

Nenad said...

I know Ella. I have many friends here who are telling me the same thing. Some of them don't even want to think about what's going on here because it just makes them angry. They try to keep their head above water and survive ...

The Gombeen Man said...

I'll be sorry to see you and your wife go, Nenad.

Two decent and sane people in a country that is crying out for them.

It's remarkable really, the number of readers who have made the ultimate statement about Ireland and got the feck out of the place. I lived away for a good few years until coming back in 1997... I sometimes ponder the wisdom of that decision.

Nenad said...

Thanks GM. I really appreciate it. Some peaople ask me: "Why did you go there at all?" All I can say is: "I didn't have a clue!" That's what it comes down to. I didn't know.
You see, we Germans like to go abroad thinking people and society are the same everywhere. Same thing, different place. It's in our education. And we also do carry our moral standards with us, our believes in justice and security. So when we get there, to that new place we do project all this on everything, whether we like it or not. It's in us.
It's only later when we raelize that it's all bullshit!
You think you can get used to all this what's happening, but at the end of the day you have to admit: you can't!
And guess what: there are Germans here who really think they can improve this country! I think this one of he funniest things I've came across :))

DC3 said...

Hi there Nenad, I understand and commend your sane decision. The future in this country is very bleak. The next threshold has already been achieved, what's left of Irish society is on a continuous downward spiral. It's so apparent in the towns and "cities" it's embarrassing.

Nenad said...

DC3 you wouldn't believe what's going on in Ennis at the moment: I don't know how many people commited suicide or got killed this year but it's scary! I'm not easely frightened but I'm starting to worry. I agree with you: the future in this country looks very bleak!