Paul Murphy seeking trial over false imprisonment charges

CourtsBy Aoife Nic Ardghail
Paul Murphy seeking trial over false imprisonment charges

Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, who faces charges of falsely imprisoning Tánaiste Joan Burton during a water charges protest in Jobstown, is to seek a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Counsel for Mr Murphy indicated to the court that the defence was “anxious” for further disclosure but that his client would be seeking a trial date on the next occasion.

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

She and her team had been attempting to travel by car to St Thomas’ Church for the rest of the ceremony when it is alleged that violence broke out.

Mr Murphy (32) with an address at The Copse, Woodpark, Ballinteer appeared at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court along with 18 others, some facing charges of false imprisonment and violent disorder.

Among the group of accused are Dublin Councillor Kieran Mahon (38) of Bolbrook Grove, Tallaght and Anti Austerity Alliance Councillor Michael Murphy (50) of Whitechurch Way, Ballyboden.

Tony McGillicuddy BL, prosecuting, asked Judge Melanie Greally to remand all accused to appear again in court on March 7 for arraignment.

Mr McGillicuddy submitted that a number of the accused were seeking trial dates, some wished for arraignment dates and that some defense counsel were looking for more disclosure.

He said the best approach is to keep matters together at this stage as a trial with 19 people “might not be feasible”.

Judge Melanie Greally granted senior counsel in all cases, apart from Cllr Mahon to whom legal aid has not been assigned yet.

She remanded Mr Murphy and all his co-accused on continuing bail to appear on Monday March 7th next for his arraignment.