Jobstown - A Protest on Trial

A total of 19 people will face trial for protesting in Jobstown, Tallaght, on November 15 2014.
A 17 year old was already convicted of false imprisonment of Joan Burton. His appeal for justice is ongoing.  The first adult trial will begin on April 24 2017 when 7 defendants face false imprisonment charges.  If convicted for 6 months or more Paul Murphy TD will be removed from Dáil Éireann.  More will face charges of false imprisonment and violent disorder on October 2017 and early in 2018.

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Jobstown Not Guilty documentary preview

Watch the trailer for the #jobstownnotguilty documentary which tells the real story of what happened on the day.   Full documentary will be launched at the JobstownNotGuilty assembly at Liberty Hall, Dublin at 1pm on April 1st, 2017.

"A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on" - Mark Twain

Establishment politicians and their friendly media have dedicated almost as much in resources as the Gardai, in painting what happened in Jobstown on November 2014 as a violent, undemocratic mob.

The real story is one of a spontaneous community protest against water charges, austerity and the betrayal of the Labour Party - felt up and down the country. A protest that was angry - but not violent.

In just over a week, Jobstown Not Guilty will be releasing our documentary to get that real story out as part of our campaign to defend the right to protest for everyone.

Socialist Party Scotland support for JobstownNotGuilty Campaign

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.