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Friday 22 November 2019

Jury selection begins as seven plead not guilty to falsely imprisoning Joan Burton and her adviser

Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy

Fiona Ferguson

The jury selection process in the trial of seven water charge protesters accused of falsely imprisoning Joan Burton has begun at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy (33), together with Dublin councillors Kieran Mahon (39), Michael Murphy (53) and four other men have entered not guilty pleas on charges of falsely imprisoning Joan Burton and Karen O'Connell by restricting their personal liberty without their consent at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght on November 15.

Judge Melanie Greally has told the jury panel the case is expected to last six weeks.

Mr Murphy of Kingswood Heights, Tallaght, Mr Mahon of Bolbrook Grove, Tallaght, Michael Murphy of Whitechurch Way, Ballyboden, Dublin, Frank Donaghy (71) of Alpine Rise, Tallaght, Ken Purcell (50) of Kiltalown Green, Michael Banks (46) of Brookview Green, Tallaght, and Scott Masterson (34) of Carrigmore Drive, Tallaght have all been arraigned and entered not  guilty pleas.

The jury selection process is continuing this afternoon and may run into tomorrow.

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