On 29 June 2005 five men from county Mayo were jailed for blocking the construction of a gas pipeline through their land by the multinational energy company Shell.
Brothers Vincent and Philip McGrath, Willie Corduff, James Brendan Philbin, and Micheál Ó Seighin, were sent to prison for contempt of court and for failing to comply with an injunction preventing them from obstructing works at the Shell site in Rossport. Willie Corduff spoke briefly to RTÉ News following the decision arguing that he was just defending his home. Willie's wife Mary Corduff also spoke about the outcome and was visibly upset by the decision.
The men told the judge that they had safety concerns over the pipeline, with Philip McGrath stating that it was just 70 metres from his house. However, the judge told them that they could not take the law into their own hands and had no alternative but to send them to jail. Caitlín Ó Seighin tells RTÉ News how proud she is of her husband for having the courage to stand up against what he believes is wrong.
We were sent to hell or to Connaught. We went to Connaught and now we're being sent to hell by Shell.
Shell had sought the jailing of the men for their refusal to obey two court injunctions.
The men spent 94 days in Cloverhill prison.
An RTÉ News report by Bethan Kilfoil broadcast on 29 June 2005.