Sunday 18 February 2018

Paul Murphy: 'If necessary I would break court injunction preventing protesters from interfering with water meter installers'

Paul Murphy TD
Paul Murphy TD

SOCIALIST TD Paul Murphy says he would break the court injunction preventing protesters from interfering with water meter installers.

Speaking about the blockade on Joan Burton’s car at the Jobstown protest, he said it had not been “mistake” to target the Tánaiste in that way.

Speaking tonight on the Late Late Show, Mr Murphy said: “I don’t think it was a mistake for me as a public representative elected on a base of opposing water charges to join in on that protest that  was effectively spontaneously organised by residents.

“If I was organising that protest…it would have been a different story of protest,” he said.

“It was a messy protest, it’s not your ideal situation of how a protest should be organised.

But he said it wasn’t ugly and that Ms Burton “wasn’t trapped in her car”.

He said it was more serious that protesters had been sentenced to prison for breaking a High Court injunction preventing protesters from coming within 20m of water meter installers.

He said he would break the injunction.

“Yeah I would. The injunction we have at the moment is an incredible infringement on  people’s democratic rights and civil liberties that says you cannot go within 20m. So if necessary,  I would break that,” he said.

On the protests against President Michael D Higgins where he was labelled a “midget parasite” he said he had condemned the actions of the protesters but said he did feel the President was “a legitimate target”.

Asked about the negotiation Greece have engaged with Europe about seeking an end to austerity, he said Greece had been “blackmailed” by Europe and that Ireland had gone along with it.

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