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Paul Murphy remanded on bail ahead of Jobstown trial

The Anti-Austerity Alliance TD has been accused of falsely imprisoning Tánaiste Joan Burton.

ANTI AUSTERITY ALLIANCE TD Paul Murphy has been remanded on bail charged with the false imprisonment of Tánaiste Joan Burton at an anti-water charges protest in Jobstown, Co Dublin.

The Labour leader and her adviser Karen O’Connell were leaving a local graduation ceremony on 15 November 2014 when it is claimed their vehicle was blocked by protesters.

Murphy and 18 other people appeared before the Dublin Circuit Court this morning on a number of charges relating to the demonstration, including false imprisonment and violent disorder.

The group includes Anti Austerity Alliance councillors Kieran Mahon and Mick Murphy.

Judge Melanie Greally remanded all the accused on continuing bail until their arraignment on 7 March, when Murphy will seek a trial date.

Those charged were sent for trial and served with books of evidence at the District Court last month.

The transfer to the Circuit Court means the accused will face a jury trial.

Murphy was one of 32 people served with court summonses in November in connection with three separate anti-water charges protests in Dublin.

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Read: Anti-water charges leader promises “biggest protest in Ireland ever” before election

Read: Paul Murphy: “We could be looking at months or even years in prison”

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