Sunday 23 October 2016

Legal aid for TD Murphy in Joan Burton case - despite €87k salary

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy (Courtpix)
Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy (Courtpix)

Legal aid has been granted to Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy in relation to his trial on charges of falsely imprisoning Joan Burton during a water charges protest.

A trial date has not yet been fixed for Mr Murphy (32), of The Copse, Woodpark, Ballinteer in Dublin.

He was sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on two charges of false imprisonment of Ms Burton and of Karen O'Connell at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, on November 15, 2014.


Yesterday, a solicitor acting for Mr Murphy said he was making an application for legal aid and handed in a statement of means.

He said the State were on notice and had no objection. He said the case could last four to six weeks.

The State solicitor confirmed that there was no garda objection based on the figures in the documentation and added that the decision was a matter for the court.

Judge Melanie Greally said that, based on the average weekly income that was in the documentation, she would assign legal aid.

The figures in the documentation were not disclosed in open court.

Ms Burton and her entourage had left a graduation event at An Cosan Education Centre at Jobstown, Tallaght, when an anti-water charge demonstration was held which delayed her for about two hours on November 15, 2014.

Ms Burton and her team had been attempting to travel by car to the nearby St Thomas' Church for the rest of the graduation ceremony when it is alleged the incident in question occurred.

Mr Murphy's case will be before the court again on May 3 next for mention.

Mr Murphy first won a seat in the Dail in the October 2014 by-election - when he replaced Fine Gael's Brian Hayes, who had just been elected to the European Parliament.

He won his seat in the 2016 General Election on the second count in the Dublin South-West constituency.

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