Wednesday 16 August 2017

Paul raises a megaphone to a truly great cause - himself

Paul Murphy really fancies himself as Ireland's modern day Nelson Mandela with a megaphone

Defendants in the Jobstown trial led by Paul Murphy (centre) – and including (from left) Frank Donaghy, Michael Banks, Michael Murphy, Kieran Mahon and Scott Masterson – leaving the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: Collins Courts
Defendants in the Jobstown trial led by Paul Murphy (centre) – and including (from left) Frank Donaghy, Michael Banks, Michael Murphy, Kieran Mahon and Scott Masterson – leaving the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: Collins Courts
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

It used to be all about the people but now it seems to be all about Paul. Paul Murphy that is. Paul is Ireland's modern day Nelson Mandela with a megaphone.

Paul is a fearless protester who does not shirk in the face of public decency or moral ethics when he wants to get a bit of media coverage. Oh, no - that's not Paul's way at all.

He would not dare cower when faced with two defenceless women sitting in a car. Paul is too principled to allow two defenceless women go about their business when instead he could chant slogans at them. As the freedom fighter of our generation, he owes it to the oppressed of our nation to stand and chant at them in the car. Only after seeing two women heckled in a car for two hours will society be ready for change.

Real revolution can only be sparked by the sight of a woman in her 60s being pelted with a water balloon from close range. That is how you get the proletariat to rise up against the aristocracy. That'll show them. Once people sitting in their homes saw the footage of the balloon exploding on Joan Burton's face and lightly dampening her cardigan, they knew it was time to take to the streets and force the Government from office. How courageous Paul is to have become involved in such a brave show of strength against two defenceless women attending an award ceremony at an educational centre in Jobstown.

Paul did not throw that water balloon or any other water balloons that day. He had a far more dangerous weapon. His megaphone. And boy does he love shouting into his megaphone. He's quite well spoken but when he talks through the megaphone it gives his voice a commanding tone. A tone befitting a general leading a revolution. Think Che Guevara, Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez. One day there will be movies, books and a Netflix series about Paul and how he overthrew the Irish Government

No wonder the entire political establishment and the police force is out to get Paul. It used to be about water charges but that's over now so Paul needs something new to campaign about and what better to campaign about than himself. He's not really bothered too much by the changes to bin charges because people are paying those already and the Left lost the battle to make local authority waste collection a human right some years ago.

Michael Murphy (53),Kieran Mahon (37), Michael Banks (46), Frank Donaghy (71), Scott Masterson (34), Paul Murphy (33). Pic Collins Courts
Michael Murphy (53),Kieran Mahon (37), Michael Banks (46), Frank Donaghy (71), Scott Masterson (34), Paul Murphy (33). Pic Collins Courts

The country's finances are in pretty good nick at the moment and people are getting back to work, so there's not as much anger to tap into for a good old fashioned protest outside the Dail. The charges of false imprisonment relating to his brave protest in Jobstown, which, as mentioned earlier, involved chanting slogans while two woman sat in a car. And good for him, the charges seemed a bit harsh.

But Murphy was acquitted and is a free man. Free to roam the country shouting into his megaphone or to shout across the Dail floor at other politicians. But it's not over. He made his name by shouting down a megaphone at two women sitting in a car so he's damned if he's going to let that episode of his life go and move on.

Paul now believes there was a Garda conspiracy - not a very good one as he's a free man - to have him locked up for chanting at two women in a car.

He wants the force called to account because three gardai said something in court which was not accurate. This he believes was part of the State-sponsored conspiracy against him - the Americans are probably involved in it, too. They always are.

The Taoiseach said some of the behaviour at the Jobstown protest was thuggery. Paul did not like this one bit and complained (I wonder if he remembers what Joan Burton was called that day?).

But Paul will not be overcome. He knows one day they will build a statue of him chanting at two women in a car.

Sunday Independent

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