Tuesday 20 February 2018

DPP to ask judge to ban Paul Murphy from Jobstown protests

Paul Murphy TD
Paul Murphy TD

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will tomorrow ask a judge to ban Dublin South West TD Paul Murphy from attending a number of upcoming demonstrations.

Mr Murphy is currently on bail ahead of his trial next month for the alleged false imprisonment of Labour Party TD Joan Burton and her former special advisor.

But it’s emerged today that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is seeking to impose a series of new bail conditions on Mr Murphy and other defendants.

Independent.ie understands that the DPP will ask a judge to ban Mr Murphy from attending upcoming protests in relation to detention of others who took part in the protest in Jobstown on November 15 2014.

The DPP will also seek that the judge rules that Mr Murphy and others cannot address upcoming demonstration, one of which is scheduled to take place on Saturday.

The judge will be told that the changes to the bail conditions are necessary to preserve the “integrity” of the upcoming trial.

In a significant development, the DPP will also claim that the protests planned for April 1 and April 29 could potentially influence members of the jury and therefore is designed to interfere with the “proper administration of justice”.

Mr Murphy is receiving legal advice on the matter today.

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