Supreme Court rules against Shell pipeline challenge

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a challenge to the validity of compulsory acquisition orders for the Corrib gas pipeline project in Mayo.

The court ruled that four opponents of the project—Philip McGrath, James B Philbin, Willie Corduff and Bríd McGarry— did not bring their challenge within prescribed time limits.

In 2005, Shell brought legal actions against a number of people who obstructed the project. The residents brought a counterclaim to the injunction proceedings.

Justice Frank Clarke dismissed the challenge to the compulsory acquisition orders on the grounds that it was out of time under court rules.

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