Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy says the decision to charge a number of people over an anti-water rally in Dublin last year, is an attack on the right to protest.
20 people are facing criminal charges after the Tanaiste was trapped in her car during the demonstration. Joan Burton was attending a graduation ceremony in Jobstown last November when her car was surrounded by anti-water charge protesters. The Tanaiste’s car was unable to leave the scene for around two hours as a result. Gardai launched an investigation and about 40 arrests were made – including a number of juveniles. Now, the DPP has directed that over 20 people are to face criminal charges in relation to the incident – including false imprisonment and violent disorder. Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy was at the demonstration and has this morning described the charges as an attack on the right to protest. The Anti-Austerity Alliance deputy also says questions must be asked about why the information was leaked to the media before those people facing the charges have been told. If the case goes to trial, it’s likely the Tanaiste will have to give evidence.