Paul Murphy TD being arrested [In connection with Irish Water protests in Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin last year] at his home at 7am. Six officers were in attendance.
Mr Murphy was apparently taken to Terenure Garda station.
Scott Masterson, of Eirigi and two Anti Austerity Alliance councillors Mick Murphy and Kieran Mahon were also arrested.
They are understood to be currently held at Tallaght Garda Station.
Gardaí have extended the detention of Paul Murphy for another six hours. He can be held until 7pm before he has to be charged or released.
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) February 9, 2015
Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy has been released without charge
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) February 9, 2015
4pm Update here
TD Paul Murphy has been arrested by gardaí investigating an incident where Joan Burton was trapped in her car by water-charge protesters — RTÉ News (@rtenews) February 9, 2015
The four are being detained at a number of south Dublin garda stations, including Tallaght, Terenure and Crumlin. It is believed Mr Murphy is being questioned at Terenure Garda Station, where he can be held for 24 hours.
More as we get it.
Via Workers Solidarity Movement:
This morning squads of Garda around Dublin mounted dawn raids on the houses of water charges protesters over a sit in 3 months ago in Jobstown. At the same time across the city bankers and other speculators named in the HSBC Private Bank in Geneva leaks slept soundly in their beds knowing no one was going to be knocking down their door. If you want to understand the nature of power the contrast provides an excellent example.
The raids this morning were all about what the politicians spin doctors like to call optics. Politicians, media and Garda are on a drive to criminalise and marginalise those resisting the imposition of water charges. Sit ins and blockades have been part of political protest in Ireland for decades, the IFA routinely has far more militant protests.
The entire purpose of this mornings exercise was to provide media headlines about the raids. As soon as they happened the Garda already had their pet journalist, Paul Williams, ready to spin the story on the 8am news bulletin. Why you should ask would you even use a crime correspondent to cover political repression? The reliance on the Garda for stories mean they are incapable of being critical of repressive police action.
The leaked HSBC Swiss bank files were seized by the French police in 2009. Buried away in the Business pages of the Irish Times you’ll find a report on then that describes how they were found to contain details of “arms dealers who sold munitions to African child soldiers, traffickers in blood diamonds, and associates of third world dictators.” Alongside them were a number of Irish clients. Since 2010 quietly, and almost without mention in the media, 20 of the Irish clients have had to settle with revenue for 4.5 million. 3 have been quietly prosecuted.
Politicians, the Garda and the media could have decided to mount dawn raids in these cases. They could have decided that such an exercise would have sent a useful message to the capitalist class whose tax avoidance and evasion takes billions out of the economy every year. Except that the same class own the media and fund the politicians. So instead we had this morning’s farce – squads of police mounting dawn raids on people who are accused of sitting in front of a car three months back.
They hope these arrests will serve as part of their strategy to try and undermine water charge resistance by scaring ‘middle Ireland’ with talk of ‘anarchists & dissidents’ Nothing like a few dawn raids to throw out the wrong impression. But the blatantly political nature of this morning’s pantomime is likely to fool few.
Who politicians, media and Garda choose to target should serve to expose just how wrapped up power is in Ireland with the interests of a tiny narrow segment of the population, the richest 1% or even the 0.1%. Those with the wealth to make a Swiss bank account possible while the rest of us are taxed and taxed again to pay for the services we all need to access.
Previously: The Shirt Off Our Backs