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Murphy political ally facing prison over protest

Published 02/10/2015 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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