Over 20 people to be charged for Joan Burton car incident at water charge protest

More than 20 people will face court hearings in connection with a water charge protest in which Tánaiste Joan Burton was trapped in her car for over two hours in Tallaght last year.

Over 20 people to be charged for Joan Burton car incident at water charge protest

More than 20 people will face court hearings in connection with a water charge protest in which Tánaiste Joan Burton was trapped in her car for over two hours in Tallaght last year.

RTE News have reported that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that the protestors be charged with various offences, including violent disorder, false imprisonment, criminal damage and offences under public order legislation.

Some people will be charged with more than one offence, according to RTE News.

The Tánaiste's car was surrounded by water charge protestors after she had attended a graduation ceremony at An Cosán College in Jobstown last November, effectively trapping her in the vehicle and preventing her from leaving for over two hours.

Tánaiste Joan Burton's car blocked by protestors and Deputy Paul Murphy in Tallaght, November 2014.

Approximately 40 people were arrested, and the incident sparked national debate about the evolving nature of Irish protests, and what constitutes appropriate behaviour from both elected representatives and civil society.

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