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Noonan warns banks to keep recordings as Anglo tapes probe gets under way
Irish Examiner
Mr Noonan told the Dáil that the IBRC‘s special liquidators were “taking the leaking of this material very seriously”, adding: “The liquidator’s role is to get the maximum sale of assets for the state fromAnglo. They have written to all parties whom 
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Anglo Tapes have Castlebar connection
Mayo News
UNLIKE David Drumm, the former Chief Executive of the now infamous Anglo Irish Bank, Castlebar native Matt Moran was not exactly a household name as the drama of the toxic bank’s meltdown unfolded in recent years. However, the latest recordings in the 
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Tapes unleashed fury that only a thorough probe can really satisfy
Irish Independent
The nation, and much of the international community supporting the nation, is shocked by the Irish Independent’s revelations of the culture of swagger and dishonesty top bankers in Anglo Irish Bankdisplayed before, during, and after the blanket 
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Irish tapes show need for EU bank union
EUobserver.com
A series of taped conversations between executives at the now defunct AngloIrish bank gleefully discussing how they put the Irish government (not to mention the rest of Europe) on the hook for their losses cast a shadow over their last week in the 
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Banks warned over bailout tapes
Irish Independent
The minister said a parliamentary inquiry into the banking collapse may examine electronic data saved from all the banks involved in the bailout – and not just those unearthed from the toxic lenderAnglo Irish Bank. “It is practice always to record 
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We’ll help gardai with probe, says Bank governor
Irish Independent
THE Central Bank is examining whether Anglo Irish Bank “deliberately misrepresented” its position when it sought taxpayer support in 2008, according to the Governor Patrick Honohan. Also in this section. Banks tipped to sell €5bn property loans at huge 

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Anglo Tapes: Anatomy of the Bank that broke Ireland
Irish Independent
Anglo Tapes: Anatomy of the Bank that broke Ireland. Comments. Email; Print; Font Size. The Anglo Tapes have delivered a riveting insight into the bowels of Anglo Irish Bank during the financial crisis that toppled the State. Tom Lyons, Deputy Business 
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Gardaí frustrated as protests in Mayo continue


Week of Action unfolds with roadblocks, trespassing, turf collecting, arrests and imprisonment

This week has seen large numbers of people continually walking down to Shell’s tunneling compound, disrupting work and blocking Shell traffic, and many people from the camp have taken advantage of the sunny weather to spend the days helping locals with turf collecting- many hands make light work! Meanwhile the guards have spent their time patrolling around harassing people on the roads.

Cops blocking the gate to the camp
Cops blocking the gate to the camp

A Brief blow by blow
Thursday morning as a convoy passed the camp, 20 Gardaí tried to block the gate to the camp and threw people into ditches, pushing one person’s head into the water in the ditch and generally being a bit violent. Two people were arrested. One was let out with a caution and the other was held in custody, brought to court in Castlebar Friday morning and denied bail, so he is now in Castlerea Prison awaiting a court appearance 5th July.

Later on Thursday morning a small group went to Belmullet Garda station to collect their friends and one person was dragged outside the copshop, pushed to the ground and arrested for alleged criminal damage on Sunday 23rd June. He was held overnight and brought to court in Castlebar on Friday morning. He has been granted bail and released on the condition he not enter or interfere with Shell property or traffic, and signs on once a week at Belmullet Garda Station. He will be up in court on 10th July.

Thursday afternoon a large group of 30 or so people walked down to the Shell compound in Aughoose, stopping work inside the compound and stopping any Shell traffic from entering or exiting the compound for over 3 hours. Once again IRMS (Shell private security) was policing the public road, pushing people and holding people until the guards arrived. Two people were arrested on the road. One person was released and will appear in Belmullet Court on 10th July, the other was arrested for outstanding fines and brought to Mountjoy women’s prison in Dublin. She was held overnight and released Friday morning.

Thursday finished off at 6pm when the guards finally attempted to clear the road, everyone left and no one else was arrested. A long queue of 20 vehicles and lorries which had been stuck inside finally were able to leave the compound.

Friday 28th June at 7am one person climbed a tripod erected in the road between Bellanaboy refinery and the Aughoose tunneling compound, stopping all traffic going into the compound until 11.30am when the road was cleared and the person was arrested. That person is being charged with Sections 8 and 9 of the public order act and will be up in Belmullet court on 10th July.

Three people walking back to camp from the tripod on Friday were followed by guards, and an attempt was made to arrest one of them but they jumped into a field and got away. This isn’t the first time that people have been harassed on the roads this week by Gardaí. Tuesday night as people were walking back from the pub the guards were stopping people who were walking in twos or alone, asking for names addresses and even emails. One person refused to give his details, saying he hadn’t done anything out of the ordinary and was only walking home, and he was arrested and brought to Belmullet garda station. He was released in the early hours of the morning with no charges.

Other things that have happened this week: Windows of a Shell house were broken, graffiti appeared on the main gates of the tunneling compound, and a Shell truck ran into problems with spuds up the exhaust and someone doing in its tyres. Who knows what else the pixies have gotten up to….

Related Link: http://www.shelltosea.com

Cops assaulting people on the road
Cops assaulting people on the road

Pushing people into ditches then arresting them
Pushing people into ditches then arresting them

This is the pipe being laid between the refinery and the tunneling compound

This is the pipe being laid between the refinery and the tunneling compound

via Gardaí frustrated as protests in Mayo continue – Indymedia Ireland.

WesternPeople: Council staff expenses bill reveals ‘virtual scandal’


MORE than 250 Mayo County Council employees each claimed in excess of €5,000 in expenses last year, Independent councillor Frank Durcan has revealed.

Referring to information obtained in a Freedom of Information request, Cllr Durcan told a special budget meeting of Mayo County Council that County Manager Peter Hynes had claimed expenses in 2011 totalling €22,390. He said that the county manager was the only official to claim expenses over €20,000 while two council employees made claims over €15,000, 25 claimed over €10,000 and 255 claimed over €5,000. In total, the expense claims amounted to a staggering €3.2m for 2011.

Cllr Durcan also drew attention to a claim by one council employee for €35.45 following purchases in a Castlebar pub.

via WesternPeople: Council staff expenses bill reveals ‘virtual scandal’.

via WesternPeople: Council staff expenses bill reveals ‘virtual scandal’.

Barrett stands alone on county council abortion motion


Labour Party Castlebar town councillor Harry Barrett was the only member of either Mayo County Council or Castlebar Town Council to oppose a notice of motion in relation to abortion put before both councils this week. Independent Cllr Frank Durcan who sits on both of the local authorities put forward a notice of motion to both councils stating “that the members resolve, in keeping with the will of the Irish people as emphatically expressed in the referendum of 1983, to oppose any form of legalisation of abortion under any circumstances”.

At Monday’s meeting of Mayo County Council the motion was passed unanimously without a dissenting voice from any of the members. However when the motion came before Castlebar Town Council on Tuesday evening, Cllr Barrett expressed his opposition to the motion. He told the meeting that, “I have a major problem with this motion. In the A, B and C v Ireland case that was taken to the European Court of Justice in 2010, it was found that Irish law breached the human rights of C, who was a cancer patient and her life was under threat because of the pregnancy. There is also an expert group that is part of the programme for Government that will report on this soon.” The expert group was set up to see what action should be taken after the decision of the ECJ in 2010 and following the X-case from 1992.

via Barrett stands alone on county council abortion motion.

via Barrett stands alone on county council abortion motion.

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