Thursday 23 November 2017

Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy among 27 people facing charges over Jobstown incident

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Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy and two elected representatives are among 27 people facing charges in connection to the incident which saw Tanaiste Joan Burton and her adviser trapped in her car in Jobstown.

RTE News has reported that the Director of Public Prosecutions has instructed gardai to charged the 27 people in connection to the incident in Tallaght earlier this year.

Socialist TD Paul Murphy
Socialist TD Paul Murphy

Deputy Murphy, and two councillors from the Anti-Austerity Alliance - Kieran Mahon and Mick Murphy - are among the group of men, women and teenagers facing charges.

RTE have reported that the process of charging the group with summons is underway - and gardai will not be calling to people's homes.

Mr Murphy and the councillors face two counts of false imprisonment in connection to Ms Burton and her adviser Karen O'Connell.

The women were attending a graduation ceremony in Jobstown. When they attempted to leave the area, their car was surrounded by anti-water charges protester.

According to the broadcaster, of the 27 people expected to appear before the courts, 13 are to be charged with false imprisonment, 14 with violent disorder and four with criminal damage. A number of people are facing multiple charges.

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