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Business World: Five Mayo men jailed over Shell pipeline

Business World: Five Mayo men jailed over Shell pipeline

Thursday, June 30

(BizWorld)

Five local residents from north Mayo have been jailed by the High Court for obstructing the construction of a gas pipeline in the area.

The men were judged to have breached court orders barring them from impeding the construction of the pipeline through their land by the Shell company.

Mr Justice McMenamin said the men had indicated that they had obstructed the work and would continue to do so.

They could not, he said, take the law into their own hands.

He added that he had no alternative but to send them to prison until they purge their contempt.

Counsel Pat Hanratty, appearing for the oil company had only sought the men’s commital with great regret.

The five men are Philip McGrath, Willie Corduff, Vincent McGrath, James Brendan Philbin and Michael O Seighin.

Residents in the area claim that the pipeline from the offshore Corrib field to an onshore processing facility will carry gas at a dangerously high pressure.

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