Monday 22 January 2018

Protest teens not 'politically motivated'

The court heard that two of the boys had psychological and educational issues
The court heard that two of the boys had psychological and educational issues

Tom Tuite

Three teenage boys accused of taking part in violence during the Jobstown water protest last year were not "politically motivated", a court heard yesterday.

The boys, who were aged between 13 and 15 at the time, got caught up in the melee, and two of them had psychological and educational issues, Judge John O'Connor heard at the Dublin Children's Court.

Tánaiste Joan Burton and her entourage were allegedly trapped in a ministerial car following a graduation ceremony on November 15 at An Cosan education facility in Jobstown in Tallaght.

Gardaí allege violence broke out after protesters surrounded the car.

Some 25 people, including six juvenile males as well as Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, are facing a variety of charges arising out of incident.

Yesterday, three of the boys, faced a preliminary hearing at the Dublin Children's Court for a ruling on their trial venue.

Judge John O'Connor noted the DPP recommended their cases should stay in the juvenile court and not go to the Circuit Court.

He noted the prosecution accepted the boys' alleged involvement was not politically motivated.

The teens, who were accompanied to court by parents, were ordered to appear again on two separate dates in January when they will be expected to enter pleas to their charges.

Irish Independent

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