The men known as the Rossport Five jailed over their stance against the Corrib Gas pipeline are free.
After 94 days in Cloverhill Prison in Dublin, the men known as the Rossport 5 walk free. The five men Vincent McGrath, Philip McGrath, Willie Corduff, James Brendan Philbin, and Micheál Ó Seighin were jailed for breaching a temporary High Court injunction forbidding them to block the construction of a gas pipeline through their land by the multinational energy company Shell.
The High Court ordered the men's release after lawyers for Shell asked that the temporary injunction against the men be lifted.
Speaking outside the High Court Brendan Philbin has no regrets about his time in jail.
Of course I missed my family, but they're very strong.
Micheál Ó Seighin believes the collective stance taken by the Rossport 5 has successfully drawn mass attention to their cause,
The issues they're much wider than us, the issues of natural resources and things like that have become real issues now and also the issues of how small people are treated in the system.
Vincent McGrath adds,
Today as I said is a day for celebration; it’s not for recriminations so we will be looking forward to going home to our families.
Given the same circumstances he is adamant that he and the other men would do the same again.
In October 2005, Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan will decide whether the Rossport 5 are still to be punished for an illegal protest at the Corrib Gas Development site. The judge will also hear evidence that Shell itself was in breach of court orders by continuing development, despite undertakings not to do so.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 30 September 2005. The reporter is Charlie Bird.