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Gardaí begin 'lessons-learnt' review of Jobstown protest investigation

The review will look at key learning points, practices which require improvement, and any other issues of note.

Paul Murphy says there should be a public inquiry into the gardaí's handling of the Jobstown protest investigation.
Paul Murphy says there should be a public inquiry into the gardaí's handling of the Jobstown protest investigation.
Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie

THE GARDAÍ HAVE said that they’ve begun to review their investigation into the 2014 Jobstown protest.

The review, which began last Friday, will be carried out from “a lessons-learnt perspective” it said, and both the policing response and subsequent investigation into the anti-water-charges protest in Tallaght would be reviewed.

All six co-defendants in the Jobstown trial were found not guilty of falsely imprisoning the then-Tánaiste Joan Burton and her assistant in a car as a result of the protest.

Assistant Commissioner Barry O’Brien will carry out the review, and will look at “key learning points”; identification of organisational practices/policies which require improvement; training; and “any other issues of note”.

On RTÉ’s Prime Time last night, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that he didn’t think a public inquiry was necessary, but that gardaí should consider their involvement.

Co-defendant and Solidarity TD Paul Murphy told Newstalk this morning that after being “racked with scandal after scandal” the idea that gardaí would review themselves “lacks credibility”.

Read: Micheál Martin thinks Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is ‘being unfair’ to gardaí over Jobstown case

Read: They’ve not gone away you know: Acquitted Jobstown protesters gather political support for inquiry

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