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Champagne Socialist

Does Paul Murphy think he's too posh to represent working people?

The Socialist TD’s background has come under scrutiny in the wake of his involvement in the Jobstown protest last weekend.

AFTER HIS CONTROVERSIAL involvement in holding Joan Burton for over two hours at a protest in Jobstown on Saturday, Socialist TD Paul Murphy’s privileged upbringing has been called into question.

The Tánaiste alluded to Murphy’s background in an interview on RTÉ Radio on Sunday, questioning how he could understand the work that graduates at the event she was attending had put in given his own privileged education.

The 31-year-old grew up in Goatstown in south Dublin and attended two fee-paying schools before graduating with a degree in law from UCD. He has been described as a ‘champagne socialist’ in some quarters.

So when we put it to him that he was too posh to represent the people of Dublin South-West, here’s what Murphy said:

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During the course of a wide-ranging interview at HQ in Dublin yesterday, Murphy also claimed that he has “no personal ambition in politics whatsoever”.

Why not? We asked…

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Paul Murphy: It would have been peaceful to hold Joan Burton for 12 hours

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