Wednesday 20 June 2018

Up to 150 anti-water charge protesters target garda station over Joan Burton charges

Protesters gather outside Tallaght Garda Station
Protesters gather outside Tallaght Garda Station

Paul Healy

Anti-water charge protesters took their picket to the gates of Tallaght garda station last night in the wake of the possible charging of 23 people.

It was revealed last week that more than 20 people would be charged over a blockade that saw Tanaiste Joan Burton trapped in her car for two hours.

The incident - which occurred in Jobstown, Tallaght, last year - saw Ms Burton's car surrounded after she attended a graduation ceremony.


The individuals face charges of false imprisonment, violent disorder, assault and criminal damage.

Up to 150 people marched around Tallaght Garda Station yesterday in a protest entitled 'Jobstown vs Joan'.

Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy was among those demonstrating and remained defiant.

It is understood that the charge against Mr Murphy will be false imprisonment.

Mr Murphy said he was happy that he could convince a jury the charge of false imprisonment was "ridiculous".

"It was a sit-down protest behind (Ms Burton's) car which I participated in," he said.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, Garda Representatives Association president Dermot O'Brien claimed gardai were having cigarette butts stubbed out on them during water protests. Mr O'Brien claimed assaults against gardai have increased "hugely" compared to other protests, while calling on garda units to be equipped with Tasers.

"(At) water protests lately, an awful lot of members found cigarette burns burned into their back after the protest," Mr O'Brien said.

"Protest as you may do, but do not assault anyone, do not cause harm because that's not acceptable."

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