Thursday 19 October 2017

Jubilant scenes in court as charges officially dropped against Jobstown accused

Five of the protesters cleared in the Jobstown protest prosecution (from left) Deputy Paul
Murphy, Mick Banks, Kieran Mahon, Frank Donaghy and Mick Murphy Photo: Tom Burke
Five of the protesters cleared in the Jobstown protest prosecution (from left) Deputy Paul Murphy, Mick Banks, Kieran Mahon, Frank Donaghy and Mick Murphy Photo: Tom Burke
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The Director of Prosecutions has dropped almost all charges against remaining defendants who were charged over their involvement in the Jobstown water protests.

Today, Mr Gillane said he was entering a “nolle prosequi” in relation to all counts, bar one against Mr Collins (21), of Bawnlea Green, Tallaght.

He said it was not necessary to set a trial date on his sole remaining charge and asked for an arraignment date to be set only.

Judge Greally said the remaining defendants were now discharged.

As she rose from the bench to leave the court there were loud cheers from supporters of the accused in the body of the court.

An air horn, similar to those often heard at soccer matches, was sounded a number of times by someone in the courtroom.

A number of people began chanting: “What do we want? A public inquiry. When do we want it? Now.”

This was followed by another chant. “What do we want? Justice for ******. When do we want it? Now.”

The second chant was a reference to a teenage boy who was convicted in the Children’s Court over his involvement in the protest.

He cannot be named for legal reasons and is appealing his conviction.

Tallaght residents Carol Purcell (58), of Kiltalown Green, Declan Kane (49), of Glenshane Green, Glen Carney (22), of Cloonmore Park, Keith Preston (38), of Sundale Lawns, Thomas Kelly (35), of Cushlawn Dale, Paul Kiernan (39), of Brookview Way, and Peter Herbert (66), of Rossfield Park, all had charges of false imprisonment and violent disorder dropped.

Charges of violent disorder against Antoinette Kane (24), of Cloonmore Park, and Calvin Carlyle (20), of Gleann na Hearna, were dropped.

Charges of false imprisonment, violent disorder and criminal damage against Adam Lyons (22), of Drumcairn Drive, were also dropped.

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