Defiant Murphy to give talk on arrest over Tanaiste protest

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

Deputy Paul Murphy
SOCIALIST TD Paul Murphy will speak in Limerick this Tuesday night on his recent arrest as part of the investigation into the alleged false imprisonment of Tanaiste Joan Burton during an anti-water charges protest in Dublin last year.

SOCIALIST TD Paul Murphy will speak in Limerick this Tuesday night on his recent arrest as part of the investigation into the alleged false imprisonment of Tanaiste Joan Burton during an anti-water charges protest in Dublin last year.

Deputy Murphy, who denies any wrongdoing and has accused gardai of “politically-motivated policing”, will take the podium at the Absolute Hotel at 8pm in an event hosted by the Anti-Austerity Alliance.

The incident in Jobstown during which the Tanaiste’s car was surrounded and heckled for two hours by a crowd of angry protestors has been condemned by the political mainstream as intimidatory and over-the-top. But Deputy Murphy regards what happened as within the bounds of legitimate protest and that the only excesses in the affair have come from gardai raiding protestors.

“It is a very sinister development, an example of political policing, with police resources being used to try undermine the water charges movement and the Anti Austerity Alliance in particular. This must be opposed by everyone who defends the right to peaceful protest, and civil disobedience,” Deputy Murphy said, vowing the fight against water charges would continue.

“The establishment are scared that people will stand together and defy the government by boycotting the bills. They know if people do that, the charge can be made uncollectable and fatally undermined. That is what we must now do: organise mass non-payment of the bills,” he said.

Limerick AAA councillor Cian Prendiville has called for a strong attendance on Tuesday night to “show solidarity with those facing attack and show that Limerick stands with Jobstown, and against political policing and intimidation”.

And Cllr Prendiville said the meeting amounted to “a fantastic opportunity to see Paul Murphy TD speak, and to get involved with the movement that has the political establishment so worried”.