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I'll co-operate with gardai over protest probe, says Paul Murphy


Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Paul Murphy

ANTI-water charges TD Paul Murphy has said he will “co-operate fully” with Gardai if they want to talk to him about the protest in Jobstown where Tanaiste Joan Burton was trapped in her car for over two hours.

Gardai are preparing to arrest ten protesters involved in the demonstration on Saturday November 15.

A variety of charges, including assault, violent disorder and criminal damage are likely to be brought against some of those who hijacked what was supposed to be a peaceful protest.

Officers are also preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions on the role of Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Mr Murphy.

Sources have revealed that detectives are “closely examining every piece of footage and photographs” from the incident in on November 15 to establish whether the Dail deputy should be charged with a criminal offence under the Public Order Act.

Officers are examining whether Mr Murphy could be regarded as having been “in charge” of the protest when he used a megaphone to address the crowd in Jobstown.

They will also ask the DPP if the socialist deputy should be charged with inciting others to falsely imprison Ms Burton.

“The investigation team has compiled very detailed evidence from what happened and a file is being prepared for the DPP in relation to Mr Murphy’s conduct,” a senior security source said.

Mr Murphy, who was elected to the Dail in the Dublin South West by-election, has insisted the demonstration was completely peaceful.

He said last night that he would “co-operate fully” if gardai wish to speak to him.

“I would be very, very, very surprised if people are arrested following the protest in Jobstown,” he said.

“This is a very political role the gardai appear to be playing here, it seems to me like political policing.

“This only serves the purpose of demonising those who took part in the protest in Jobstown and also to discourage people from turning out at the demonstration on December 10,” Mr Murphy added.

“In relation to my own role in the protest, I am happy to co-operate fully with gardai. I communicated a lot with them on the day but have not spoken to them since.”