Court due to hear that prosecutions against remaining Jobstown defendants will be dropped

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court is due to be told this afternoon that the Director of Public Prosecutions is no longer pursuing prosecutions against the remaining Jobstown defendants.

In June, Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and five others were acquitted of falsely imprisoning former Tánaiste Joan Burton and her adviser three years ago.

There were jubilant scenes in court on June 29 when Deputy Murphy and his co-accused were cleared following a nine-week trial.

They had been accused of falsely imprisoning Joan Burton by surrounding two Garda vehicles during a water charge protest in Jobstown in November 2014.

They were also acquitted of the same charge against the former Tánaiste’s adviser Karen O’Connell.

Six others were due to go on trial today and a final trial was set for April next year, but last month they received letters from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to say the charges were due to be dropped.

That is due to formally happen in open court this afternoon.

Last October, a judge in the Children’s Court found a 17-year-old boy guilty of the two false imprisonment charges but he has already indicated his intention to appeal that decision.

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