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Break the law Paul? Well, you're no democrat


Paul Murphy TD.

Paul Murphy TD.

Paul Murphy TD.

OUR TDs make our laws, so it's not too much to expect that they also uphold them.

All the more so if they have a legal background.

But megaphone man Paul Murphy seems to have missed the memo on this one. Perhaps, given that he is barely a wet week in the Dail, he's still reading the rulebook. Ignorance is no defence, though I suspect the canny Deputy Murphy knows his law inside out.

That certainly seemed to be the case in a conversation caught on video recently between Murphy and a water meter contractor in a Templeogue housing estate last November.

The TD was there to protest the installation of meters. At one point in the conversation the staff member asked Murphy if he was aware of the law.

The TD says he is, but adds: "Whether I choose to obey the law or not is entirely another question." He later states: "I'm elected to break the law, to be honest. That's why I was elected."


This from a TD who brandished his megaphone at the notorious Jobstown protest, an incident in which the country's deputy leader was falsely imprisoned in a car.

Murphy has insisted that the incident was peaceful.

But he clearly sees no problem breaking the law if he needs to, as his comments in Templeogue would seem to indicate.

This carry on can only serve to anger law-abiding water protesters. Your words speak for themselves, Mr Murphy. You are no democrat!