Jobstown water protester who told court “I was on the drink” remanded on bail

Calvin Carlyle
Calvin Carlyle

A YOUTH facing charges over the Jobstown water protest during which Tanaiste Joan Burton was allegedly trapped in her car, has been remanded on continuing bail.

The youth, 18-year-old, Calvin Carlyle, from Gleann na hEorna, Tallaght, who was a juvenile at the time, but now an adult, is charged with violent disorder and criminal damage to a garda car in connection with the incident last year.

He had missed two court appearances and allegedly told gardai that he did not go to one hearing because “I was on the drink”. He had also claimed he had a stomach bug on the other date.

But bail was granted on Friday at Dublin Children's Court and Judge John O'Connor ordered him to remain sober, sign-on daily at his local garda station and have to obey a 11pm to 7am.

He appeared again yesterday and there was no evidence that he had breached the terms. He was remanded on continuing bail and ordered to appear again later this week.

The Labour leader and her entourage had left a graduation just after midday on November 15 last yearat An Cosan education facility at Jobstown, in Tallaght when a demonstration at Fortunestown Road delayed her for about two hours.

She and her team had been attempting to travel by car to nearby St Thomas's Church for the rest of the ceremony when the protest took place.

The DPP has directed that unlike the juveniles Mr Carlyle should be tried in the circuit court, which has tougher sentencing powers. He has yet to be served with a book of evidence.

Six other youths aged from 14 to 17 face a variety of charges in the juvenile court including criminal damage and violent disorder. One of them faces two counts of false imprisonment of Tanaiste Joan Bruton and her political advisor Karen O'Connell who were in a ministerial car which was surrounded by protesters.

They are due back in court later this month and December.

Last week, Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy faced Dublin District Court charged with false imprisonment of Joan Burton and her advisor. Seventeen other adults were also charged with a variety of offences: false imprisonment, criminal damage and violent disorder in connection with the alleged incident.

The DPP has directed they should face trial on indictment in the circuit court.

The TD and his co-defendants have been ordered to appear again at the district court next month when it is expected they will be served with books of evidence and returned for trial.