Sunday 11 December 2016

What’s behind the delay in laying charges against Jobstown protesters?

Published 18/08/2015 | 02:30

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy has said he expected to be arrested over the Jobstown incident
Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy has said he expected to be arrested over the Jobstown incident

It has been nearly a week since it was revealed that 20 people were to be charged in connection with the infamous Jobstown protest – yet no charges have been laid. How much longer are these people supposed to wait for the inevitable knock on the door?

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Last week, two conflicting stories emerged about the likely fate of those who took part in the infamous Jobstown protest, in which Tanaiste Joan Burton was trapped in her car for a number of hours.

First, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported that because of a “bureaucratic delay” in the DPP’s office in deciding whether to charge protesters, they had been “let off the hook”.

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