Tallaght will today play host to popular protest against the arrests made in relation to last year’s infamous Jobstown incident, in which Tanaiste Joan Burton became a prisoner inside her car for over two hours, while a large group of water charge protesters surrounded the vehicle.
Today’s protest has been organized by community groups against the instrument of the Government’s own demise, the water charges. The protest will get underway at 2pm.
Twenty people have so far been arrested in connection to the ‘Jobstowngate’, including TD Paul Murphy, but no charges have been brought against anyone yet.
Left-wing groups and others have leveled criticism against the Government about the manner in which the arrests have been conducted. Reportedly, groups of between six to ten Gardai show up at the detainee’s home at an early hour to perform the arrest.
Today’s protest will start at the Jobstown Leisure Centre and the Priory Church in Tallaght Village, and will march past Tallaght Garda station and then on to the Civic Theatre for a rally.