During the March Against Racism demo in Georges Square, Glasgow, 18th March, 2017, a member of the Socialist Party Scotland called for support and solidarity for the Jobstown protesters charged with 'false imprisonment' of Joan Burton, an Irish Labour Party TD and member of the coalition government in 2014.
18 adults are awaiting trial - starting on the 24th April 2017 - and facing serious prison sentences if convicted. The trials, which will be six to eight weeks long, themselves will place enormous stress and strain on the defendants. If jailed, families would be left in very difficult situations, with jobs lost and parents in prison. If TD Paul Murphy is jailed for more than six months, he will be removed as a TD, denying the democratic choice of the people of Dublin South West.
All this relates to an anti water charges protest in Jobstown, Tallaght in Dublin on 15th November 2014, where then Tánaiste Joan Burton’s car was delayed for 2 and ½ hours by a spontaneous community protest.