Shell, the oil giant is ordered to dismantle a three kilometre section of the Corrib pipeline in County Mayo.

The Rossport 5, Vincent McGrath, Philip McGrath, Willie Corduff, James Brendan Philbin, and Micheál Ó Seighin, were jailed on 29 June 2005 for blocking the construction of a gas pipeline through their land by the multinational energy company Shell.

The 900 million euro Corrib gas pipeline development in county Mayo faces more controversy as the Minister for Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey says a three kilometre section of the pipeline has been welded together in advance of ministerial approval.

They have to get permission for each phase of this development, they haven't permission to weld the pipes which is installation work as far as we’re concerned so we’ve asked them to undo the welding.

The pipe will be taken apart but for Independent Teachta Dála (TD) Dr Jerry Cowley this move is not enough.

There has been so much wrongdoing here by Shell and their partners that this whole contract must be revoked.

Fine Gael spokesman Bernard Durkan TD wonders

Does this affect the case that was made to the courts previously and does it affect the question as to whether or not the people who are now in prison might go back to court and have their case reviewed.

Noel Dempsey wants the Rossport Five to take this opportunity to purge their contempt and return to their families. Their families want more answers. Bríd Ní Sheigin is keen to know why Shell was allowed to complete work without permission. 

It raises the question as to what were the Department of the Marine doing, why weren’t they keeping a closer eye on Shell?

This is another setback for Shell but in spite of local opposition and the sanction of the Minister, the company is determined to press ahead with its gas pipeline project.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 August 2005. The reporter is Jennifer O’Connell.