Seven defendants charged with unlawful imprisonment for participating in a peaceful sit-down protest in front of the then Táinaiste’s (deputy prime minister) car in 2014 will face trial on 24 April. Three of the defendants are elected representatives of the Anti Austerity Alliance and members of the Socialist Party – Paul Murphy TD (MP) and councillors Mick Murphy and Kieran Mahon.
If convicted they could face a maximum charge of life imprisonment.18 adults in total face prosecution.
The Jobstown protest was against the imposition of unjust water charges – subsequently dropped by the current Fine Gael-led minority government as a result of a mass non-payment movement initiated by the Irish Socialist Party and Anti Austerity Alliance. The water charges were part of the previous Fine Gael coalition government’s austerity measures – bailout conditions demanded by the EU.
The trial started on the 24th April and will last approximately 6 weeks. We will be holding a public meeting to discuss the trial and its implications on Ireland and further afield, should the defendants be found guilty in what could be the most important political trial in recent Irish history.
Event will include guest speaker Pat Lawlor from the Socialist Party Ireland