Saturday 16 December 2017

RTÉ footage of protest shows members of crowd shouting at TD Murphy

Paul Murphy outside Dublin Circuit Court. Photo: Collins
Paul Murphy outside Dublin Circuit Court. Photo: Collins

Isabel Hayes

Video footage has been played in the trial of Solidarity TD Paul Murphy showing fellow protesters apparently shouting at the politician and telling him to "mind his own business".

"The crowd had some animosity towards Paul Murphy," defence barrister Raymond Comyn SC said at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.

Mr Comyn was cross-examining Garda Inspector Derek Maguire, who was giving evidence on the 12th day of the trial of Mr Murphy and six others who are charged with falsely imprisoning then minister Joan Burton and her adviser Karen O'Connell in cars at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght on November 15, 2014.

RTÉ footage showed protesters apparently shouting at Mr Murphy as he spoke to gardaí. Mr Comyn put it to Insp Maguire that the crowd had "some animosity" towards Mr Murphy.

Sean Guerin SC, representing Mr Murphy, put it to Insp Maguire that Mr Murphy told the officers that if they pulled the Public Order Unit back, then protesters would resume a "slow march", allowing the car to resume its slow progress.

Footage was also played of Mr Murphy calling on the crowd to vote on whether to "march her out of here or keep her here".

Mr Murphy and his co-accused, Michael Murphy, voted for Ms Burton to be marched to the bypass. But protesters voted to keep Ms Burton there.

Paul Murphy of Kingswood Heights, Tallaght; Kieran Mahon of Holbrook Grove, Tallaght; Michael Murphy of Whitechurch Way, Ballyboden; Frank Donaghy (71) of Alpine Rise, Tallaght; Ken Purcell (50) of Kiltalown Green, Tallaght; Michael Banks (46) of Brookview Green, Tallaght; and Scott Masterson (34) of Carrigmore Drive, Tallaght, deny the charges.

The trial resumes today.

Irish Independent

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