Supporters of Jobstown protesters gather for rally outside courts
Supporters of the Jobstown protesters, who are appearing in court today, have gathered for a rally outside the Criminal Courts of Justice.
Around 50 protesters are standing on the street outside the courts and blocking a van which they say provides contract work for Irish Water.
The blockage is causing disruption to traffic flow.
The rally has been organised by the 'Jobstown Not Guilty' campaign. They say the charges brought against more than 20 individuals are being done so for political reasons.
Several TDs attended the protest including Joe Higgins, Richard Boyd Barrett and Joan Collins.
Anti –Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy is among those facing trial following the protest last November when Tánaiste Joan Burton and her advisor Karen O’Connell were trapped in their car for over two hours.
Also facing prosecution are AAA councillors Mick Murphy and Kieran Mahon while seven male teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 18, appeared before the Children’s Court last week to face charges including criminal damage and violent disorder.
Around 250 protesters are currently outside the courts on Parkgate Street, in Dublin city centre.
The protesters unfurled large banners, one of which said: 'Support the Jobstown 23', and chanted against water charges and the cases being brought against the protesters.
There is a small garda presence with a squad car parked nearby and two uniformed garda standing on the opposite side street across from the court building.