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Before yesterdayJobstown Trial as it happens

11 October 2014

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β€œDo you remember the massive campaign of public opposition?”

Burton β€œwhich one?”

Unreal

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Tesco ad

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Barrister highlights the 6 cuts highlighted in tesco ad – β€˜were these implemented ?’ Burton β€œI’m not about the car tax but the rest of them were”

5/6 ain’t bad!!
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You didn’t actually answer the question

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Burton tries to go into a Dail-style waffle answer, barrister interrupts β€œsorry but you didn’t actually answer the question”
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Water charges

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Burton tries to say Troika made them do water charges, pointed out no water charges when troika left.
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Labour manifesto

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Labour manifesto introduced after tesco ad. Clear anti-water charges position
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Tesco ad comes back to haunt them

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β€œDo the words β€˜every little hurts’ mean anything to you?” Labour tesco ad is brought up as evidence and circulated to jury
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2011 campaign

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Polls started to go down for Labour Party, so tried to repackage as they would hold Fine Gael back in government
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Cross examination

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Incredibly claims not to have heard political chants at the demo – watch the videos, loads of chants. Being questioned now on Labour Party 2011 election campaign
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Cross examination starting

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Defence start questioning
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Doors don’t open from the outside

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Says worried that the door could be opened by protestors – despite being locked from inside
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β€˜Crowd angry’

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She describes a crowd surge, then paints protestors as animals saying she β€œdidn’t know what would happen” if the crowd got her, because she β€˜lost a shoe’ – as if working class people couldn’t contain themselves and were a danger to her!

The crowd were β€˜angry’ that’s the result of labour betrayal

Says bad language used – but most used chant on the day was β€˜traitor’
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Evidence

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Paul Murphy had a megaphone, she tries to stick the knife in & secure conviction saying β€˜looked pretty happy with himself’ β€˜the man with the mega phone’
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Won’t someone think of the children

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Joan Burton recounts children on the protest, was worried about children in particular – not to worry about the lone parents cuts, austerity etc
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Evidence

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Joan Burton β€˜got a bit of a shock’ when hit by water balloon. Continued to church, then asked to leave because of size of protest
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Shame on you!

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Burton recounts getting β€˜a bit of abuse typical of protests of that kind’ most frequent chant was β€˜shame on you’
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Joan Burton in the stand

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Joan Burton sworn in, asked about the event she was to attend in An Cosan. Cut off by a defence lawyer for giving long answers that have no relevance
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First witness!

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First prosecution witness is a Garda giving evidence on the lay out of the area the protest took place in, using maps
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Day 4 – Burton to take the stand!

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This morning Joan Burton will take the stand in the #Jobstownnotguilty trial at 11am.

We will keep regular updates here throughout the day

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False imprisonment & kidnapping!

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The Irish Times and other media outlets have highlighted a specific part of the prosecution’s opening statement.

Sean Gillane SC for the prosecution told the jury that there is the possibility that they would confuse β€˜false imprisonment’ with kidnapping.

He went on to outline that kidnapping involves taking someone and holding them for ransom.

However, the legal system sees no difference between the two. If someone has kidnapped a person the charge they will face is β€˜false imprisonment’, like the defendants in this case, not β€˜kidnapping’ because there is no such law on the statute books!

So the protestors who engaged in a peaceful sitdown protest, delaying an austerity politician in a car for 2 hours, are facing the same charge that a person who kidnapped someone would face! Protesting is not kidnapping!
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Trying to find a twelfth juror

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In court 7 at 10am this morning,the process to find a twelfth juror to replace the juror discharged yesterday began.

The original process to select the jury had taken 3 hours. Today, the attempt to find 1 juror took an hour.

One potential juror on his number being called out, approached the judge before loudly declaring β€œI’ve been on ALL the water charges protests, and I fully support the campaign.”

He told the judge that he couldn’t be impartial on the issue because his opposition was so strong.

This is undoubtedly the feeling of hundreds of thousands of people across the country who see this trial as a vindictive attempt by a knocked back political establishment to seek some revenge for the defeat of water charges.
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