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Four arrested over Jobstown protest released without charge

A 16-year-old was released this morning, and the remaining three this afternoon.

Updated at 4.31pm

FOUR PEOPLE ARRESTED this morning in connection with last November’s protest in Jobstown in south-west Dublin have been released without charge.

A 16-year-old who was arrested early this morning at his family home was released shortly after midday, his father confirmed to TheJournal.ie. 

A garda spokesperson said the remaining three – two men and one women aged in their 20s and 30s – were released at around 2pm this afternoon.

None of those arrested have been charged.

The four had been held in Tallaght and Rathfarnham garda stations.

The father of the teenager said ten gardaí called to their home, at an estate near Jobstown, at around 7.10am.

Members of the Anti Austerity Alliance, Sinn Féin and other locals staged a protest outside Tallaght Garda Station.

The arrests follow the questioning of TD Paul Murphy, two AAA councillors and a member of the republican group Éirigí yesterday in connection with the protest, which saw Tánaiste Joan Burton trapped in her car for almost three hours.

The four were held at separate Dublin garda stations, before being released yesterday afternoon.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Murphy said he hadn’t answered questions put to him about the incident in Jobstown on the advice of his solicitor.

tg The scene at Tallaght Garda Station this morning. Source: Tallaght Says No to Water Metering

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters this morning, the Taoiseach said he wouldn’t be commenting on yesteday’s arrests or the accusations of ‘political policing’ put forward by AAA/Socialist TDs.

“I have no comment to make on that. It’s entirely a matter for the gardaí. They run their operations completely independently of the Government,” Enda Kenny said.

Additional reporting by Nicky Ryan

Read: Paul Murphy released from garda custody, says he didn’t answer questions about Jobstown

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