Saturday 18 November 2017

Water protesters 'fear' they will not be brought to court - Rabbitte

Pat Rabbitte
Pat Rabbitte
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Former Labour Minister Pat Rabbitte has claimed water charge protesters 'fear' they will not be dragged before the courts to face charges.

Mr Rabbitte’s divisive comment comes as more than 20 protesters, including Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy, wait to be formally charged by gardai for an incident in Jobstown Tallaght, which saw Tánaise Joan Burton trapped in her car for two hours.

Writing in his weekly column in the Sunday Business Post, Mr Rabbitte does not refer to the controversial event in Jobstown, which is also in his constituency of Dublin South.

However, the former Labour minister seems to make light of the plight of protesters who may face trial over the incident by suggesting: “Hapless water protesters are left in limbo and fear that they might not after all be brought to court.”

Mr Rabbitte, who was ousted from Cabinet when Joan Burton became Tánaiste, announced he would not face the electorate in the next general election.

Instead, he will take on a strategic electoral role in his constituency in an attempt to hold on to a Labour seat.

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