You may recall The Observer reporting in August on claims made by a small oil services company called OSSL. It claimed it gave sweeteners to residents and gardaí in Rossport, Co. Mayo, on behalf of Shell from 2002 to 2010. OSSL claimed these gifts included a delivery of €35,000 of alcohol to Belmullet Garda Station in 2007.
This morning, RTÉ are reporting that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission have launched an investigation into the allegations, on foot of a preliminary Garda examination into the allegations.
“The Commission said that contained in the complaints are allegations that gardaí have been involved in improper practices in accepting alcohol from OSSL on behalf of Shell E&P Ireland Limited.”
“It is also alleged that gardaí have been neglectful in that they have failed to correctly address or properly investigate these matters since they were reported to them by OSSL in 2011.”