Saturday 19 August 2017

Beware the myths being peddled about Jobstown

There are questions to be asked about the recent trial, but protesters shouldn't be allowed to rewrite history

Paul Murphy TD Photo: Collins Courts
Paul Murphy TD Photo: Collins Courts

Eilis O'Hanlon

As the fallout continues from the acquittal of the 'Jobstown Six' on charges of the false imprisonment of Joan Burton in November 2014, it's worth wondering what might have happened had the gardai decided that day to draw their batons and clear a path through the protest to allow the then Tanaiste to go freely about her lawful business.

It would have sparked outrage for a few days, no doubt. There would have been angry scenes in the Dail. Social media would have lost its collective mind - though there's nothing new about that. In a short while, though, the fuss would have been over.

Instead, officers on the ground opted to haggle with the mob over the terms under which Joan Burton and her adviser Karen O'Connell would be allowed out of Tallaght in one piece. The situation dragged on for hours.

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