Thursday 18 January 2018

Arrest of Murphy will fuel anti-water charges campaign

Paul Murphy leaving Terenure Garda Station
Paul Murphy leaving Terenure Garda Station
Paul Murphy TD
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

To borrow a phrase from Harry Enfield's 'Scousers' sketch, everybody needs to "calm down" about the arrest of Paul Murphy and three other anti-water charge activists - not least Murphy's colleagues in the Socialist Party.

What we witnessed yesterday morning was the Gardaí doing their job, although it is open to question whether or not they might have handled it a little more diplomatically.

Let's get the nonsense out of the way first. Joe Higgins' charge that it was "political policing" and the "Labour Party should answer for it" is ludicrous and predictable. Equally silly is the claim that this is part of an "orchestrated attempt to damage the anti-water charges campaign". There's no basis to the notion that political forces were at play, forcing the hand of the Gardaí to act.

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