Charges dropped against remaining Jobstown defendants
- Director of Prosecutions has decided to withdraw charges against the remaining defendants
- Withdrawal of the charges will not become official until October 2
- Move comes after six people, including Solidarity TD Paul Murphy, were acquitted of charges
The Director of Prosecutions has decided to withdraw charges against the remaining defendants who were due to go on trial over the Jobstown water protests.
The move came after six people, including Solidarity TD Paul Murphy, were acquitted of charges of falsely imprisoning former Tánaiste Joan Burton and her advisor Karen O’Connell after they attended a graduation ceremony in Tallaght three years ago.
Charges against a seventh man were withdrawn during the trial.
The verdicts came after a nine-week trial during which evidence from a number of witnesses was at times contradicted by video footage.
Seven more people had been due to go on trial on October 2 on charges of false imprisonment and violent disorder.
Four others had also been due to go on trial over their involvement in the protest at a later date.
However, letters from the Office of the DPP, received by solicitors for the remaining defendants, stated the charges are to be withdrawn.
A solicitor involved in the case confirmed that a nolle prosequi, or formal notice of the abandonment of the prosecution, would entered.
The withdrawal of the charges will not become official until October 2.
All of the defendants are currently remanded on bail.
The only person to have been convicted in connection with the protest is a teenager who was tried in the Children’s Court and found guilty of false imprisonment.
He was 15 at the time of the protests and his legal team has indicated he will appeal the verdict.
Ms Burton and Ms O’Connell attended a graduation ceremony on November 15, 2014 at the An Cosán Education Centre when large crowds converged outside.
They were delayed for around three hours as a demonstration was mounted in opposition to water charges.
The Garda jeep they were in was surrounded and moved slowly along Fortunestown Road before the women ran to waiting garda cars and left the area.