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category mayo | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Saturday March 10, 2012 18:46author by Press release Report this post to the editors

Garda threats and one person arrested in Belmullet protest outside the infamous Sgt. James Gill's retirement party

Friday 9th March at 6.30pm a group of two-dozen campaigners and Erris residents gathered outside the Broadhaven Bay Hotel in Belmullet, Co. Mayo where ex 'rape tape' Sergeant James Gill was having his retirement party.
The ex-sergeant himself
The ex-sergeant himself

The protest was called because many people felt it was 'grossly inappropriate' for Gardaí to be celebrating a person who is still under investigation by the Garda Ombudsman for his comments about raping two women in police custody last April. [1]

Mr Gill - a long-term officer involved in the continuing Corrib gas debacle - is also currently embroiled in a civil suit against fisherman and Shell to Sea campaigner Pat 'The Chief' O'Donnell. [2]

The protest was held in a public place outside the entrance to the hotel, but Gardaí smashed and stole people's signs and threatened them with batons. Martin McDonnell of Glenamoy was also arrested.

Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway commented "Any celebration of this man is an insult to our community, and is a particular insult to women the day after International Women's Day, given the controversy over the so-called 'rape tape' investigation, which is still ongoing."

"We will continue to seek justice and exercise our rights, and the authorities need to take a good look at what is happening to our community and address the real problems with Corrib" Mr Conway concluded.

ENDS

FOR VERIFICATION CONTACT:

Terence Conway
Maura Harrington

LINKS:
[1] 'Rape tape' report: http://shelltosea.com/content/%E2%80%98give-me-your-nam...icing
[2] Court report from ex-sergeant Gill's defamation case: http://shelltosea.com/content/court-report-%E2%80%9Crap...30000
[3] Mayo News report on defamation case: http://shelltosea.com/content/chief-cries-foul

Related Link: http://shelltosea.com

Outside the Broadhaven Bay Hotel
Outside the Broadhaven Bay Hotel

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   50% of this mans ample pension will be paid by women for whom he evidently has little regard     lefty    Sat Mar 10, 2012 18:56 
   Great work again     Caobhin    Sat Mar 10, 2012 22:33 
   well done     m    Sun Mar 11, 2012 09:58 
   Sign     photo    Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:19 
   ACAB     Celia S    Wed Mar 14, 2012 15:50 
   Has he moved yet!     Anna    Sun Dec 28, 2014 17:23 
   Scraping the bottom of the barrel     craghopper    Sat Jan 03, 2015 22:10 


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