Trial date to be set for AAA TD Paul Murphy

A trial date will most likely be set next month for Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy on charges of falsely imprisoning Tánaiste Joan Burton during a water charges protest in Jobstown almost 18 months ago.

Trial date to be set for AAA TD Paul Murphy

Ms Burton and her entourage had left a graduation event at An Cosan Education Centre at Jobstown, Tallaght when a demonstration was held which delayed her for about two hours on November 15, 2014. She and her team had been attempting to travel by car to St Thomas’ Church for the rest of the ceremony when it is alleged violence broke out.

Mr Murphy, aged 32, with an address at The Copse, Woodpark, Ballinteer, appeared at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court along with 18 others, some facing charges of false imprisonment and violent disorder.

Among the group of accused are Dublin councillor Kieran Mahon, aged 38, of Bolbrook Grove, Tallaght and Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Michael Murphy, aged 50, of Whitechurch Way, Ballyboden.

The three public representatives are charged with false imprisonment of Ms Burton and of Karen O’Connell at Fortunestown Rd, Jobstown. Thirteen others are charged with false imprisonment while nine people are charged with violent disorder.

Two men are charged with criminal damage of two garda vehicles.

Tony McGillicuddy BL, prosecuting, told Judge Melanie Greally it was his understanding that a number of the accused are looking for trial dates, while others would like to see the indictment, a document outlining the specific alleged charges, before a trial date is set.

He said it was the State’s intention to sever the indictment into a number of separate groups with the possibility of four separate trials running.

Mr McGillicuddy asked Judge Greally to adjourn the case until April 4

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