An anti-water charges campaigner in Kerry has claimed it is wrong to suggest the prosecution of Deputy Paul Murphy and others over a protest in Dublin amounts to political policing.
Michael ‘Pixie’ O’Gorman of Right2Water Kerry says the protest – which saw Tánaiste Joan Burton trapped in her car for over several hours – wasn’t right and had the potential to bring down the entire campaign against water charges.
It comes following the revelation that Deputy Paul Murphy and up to 20 others are to face charges over the protest in Jobstown last year.
Mr O’Gorman says he expected better from an elected TD and said a mob mentality prevailed:
However, a prominent member of the Anti-Austerity Alliance in Kerry has defended what happened during the protest.
Joe Harrington from Lyreacrompane – who contested last year’s local elections in Limerick – says there was justifiable anger at the protest on the day.
Mr Harrington defended the behaviour of Paul Murphy and says Joan Burton should not give evidence at the forthcoming trial: