TD Paul Murphy among 23 to be charged over water protest
Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy is among 23 people to be charged in relation to the Jobstown incident in which Tanaiste Joan Burton was trapped in her car for two hours.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has decided to bring charges against those who were involved in a protest last November that saw Ms Burton trapped in a car for nearly two hours.
They will face a variety of charges, including false imprisonment and criminal damage, it is believed.
Mr Murphy, along with Anti-Austerity Alliance councillors Kieran Murphy and Mick Murphy, will face charges in relation to the incident.
Speaking this morning, Murphy criticised the manner in which the Gardai operated.
"Do I think this was political policing? Yes, absolutely," he said. "Ten days of arrests one after the other in the context of a movement that challenges the Government on water charges.
"That is not normal Garda procedure, and gardaí contacted me afterwards to say that that’s not normal procedure."
Ms Burton met with Gardai following the incident on 15 November, and provided them with her version of events in an hour-long interview. She previously said she saw Mr Murphy at the event, who was "ecstatic" and "grinning from ear to ear, like a child."
Video footage emerged showing the Tánaiste being hit by a water balloon and being forced to sit in a car for nearly two hours as up to 100 protesters blocked the road.
She was eventually transferred to a different car by gardaí before she managed to leave the area.