Thursday 18 January 2018

Four men arrested in relation to Jobstown anti-water charge protest investigation

Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Four men have been arrested this morning in relation to the continuing investigation into the anti- water charge protest on November 15 last in which Tanaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton was trapped in her car for more than two hours.

This brings to 12 the number of people who have been arrested so far this week in an operation that started on Monday with the arrests of Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, Councillors Mick Murphy and Kieran Mahon, and Republican activist Scott Masterson

Gardai this morning arrested four men at different addresses in the Tallaght area and brought them to Tallaght and Rathfarnham garda stations for questioning.

Yesterday two men, a woman, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested and questioned and later released without charge with files being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Similarly, the four that were arrested on Monday were also later released.

All of the 12 who have been detained so far in the ongoing operation were held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

During the protest Tanaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton was trapped in her car for more than two hours before she was eventually transferred to a garda car and driven away from the scene.

TD Paul Murphy reacted to this morning's arrests by posting a message on Twitter.

"The arrests and political policing must end. Protest 6.30pm at Dept of Justice," it read.

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