GSOC refutes Shell drink claim

An investigation by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has found no evidence that gardaí were supplied alcohol by Shell E&P Ireland.

In a two-page report issued last night, GSOC said it received two complaints last October from partners in a company, OSSL which alleged they had supplied alcohol, on behalf of Shell, to Garda stations in Mayo in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

“The complainants said that they had reported the matter to the Garda Síochána in 2011, as a complaint of non-payment by the other company, and alleged that it had not been investigated properly by the Garda Síochána,” GSOC said.

It said the complainants were told documents would need to be retrieved from them, “such as proofs of purchase, bank statements, vehicle hire records, company phone bills and/or any other documents which would provide evidence to substantiate their claim”.

“It was explained that this must be done before approaches were made to any Garda members about whom they had complained. Shortly after the meeting on this subject, the company indicated by email that they would no longer be cooperating with the investigation.”

It interviewed a senior figure in Shell and was told Shell had undertaken an internal investigation “into what they categorised as alleged bribery and corruption, two years previously”.

GSOC said interviews with Garda members mentioned in the complaints were also carried out as was a review of the Garda correspondence with the complainants. GSOC concluded there was no evidence of the purchase or delivery of alcohol to Garda stations, nor of any misconduct by gardaí.


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