Thursday 21 September 2017

Murphy political ally facing prison over protest

Councillor Cieran Perry demonstrated against the imposition of pay cuts on Greyhound workers
Councillor Cieran Perry demonstrated against the imposition of pay cuts on Greyhound workers
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

A Dublin city councillor and political ally of left-wing TD Paul Murphy is facing the prospect of being jailed over his role in a demonstration last year.

Independent Councillor Cieran Perry was one of two men arrested by gardaí after demonstrating against the imposition of pay cuts on Greyhound workers on September 2.

More than a year after the incident took place, Mr Perry received a court summons in the post.

If convicted, the councillor, whose general election candidacy has been endorsed by Mr Murphy, faces the prospect of a jail sentence up to a maximum of six months or a €2,000 fine.

Mr Perry said he was "shocked" to be facing charges over a "trivial" incident.

He added: "I am shocked that such a trivial incident has resulted in me being prosecuted on such a serious charge.

"It's worrying that a Section 8 charge can result in a custodial sentence and a hefty fine."

Irish Independent

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