Man sent for trial over Jobstown water protest

Glen Carney
Glen Carney

A 20-YEAR-OLD man has been sent forward for trial accused of false imprisonment of Tanaiste Joan Burton during the Jobstown water protest.

The Labour leader and her entourage had left a graduation event at An Cosan education centre at Jobstown in Tallaght, just after midday on November 15 last year when a demonstration was held which delayed her for about two hours.

She and her team had been attempting to travel by car to St Thomas' Church, a short distance away, for the rest of the ceremony when it is alleged violence broke out.

Glen Carney of Cloonemore Park, Tallaght, is charged with false imprisonment of Joan Burton and her advisor Karen O'Connell, and violent disorder. He appeared at Cloverhill District Court today where he was served with a book of evidence.

Judge Victor Blake made an order sending him forward for trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he will face his next hearing on January 22nd .

On Monday Anti-Austerity Alliance Paul Murphy TD and 17 other people, including two councillors from Dublin appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court.

They face a variety of charges which include false imprisonment of Joan Burton and her political advisor Karen O'Connell, violent disorder and criminal damage to garda cars, at Fortunestown Road. Paul Murphy TD is among the defendants charged with false imprisonment of the Labour leader and her assistant and he has vowed to contest the case.

On direction of the DPP they were also served with books of evidence on Monday and returned for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where they will face their next hearing on January 22nd.

Six other youths aged from 14 to 17 face separate proceedings Dublin Children's Court on a variety of charges including criminal damage and violent disorder. One of them faces two counts of false imprisonment of Joan Burton and her political advisor. Their cases resume in the new year.