Above: rabble reader Ciaran Boylan sent us these shots from a recent #JobstownNotGuilty demo. We had a few words with Paul Murphy before the trial started too for #rabble13. On April 24th, the court case of seven men accused of falsely imprisoning then Tanaiste Joan Burton during a protest at Jobstown began at the Criminal Courts of Justice. If our former Minister for Social Protection sought to criminalise one of the largest popular movements in our history over Jobstown – it was a move that backfired spectacularly with austerity itself ending up in the dock. The trial continues this week … Read More
The Jobstown Not Guilty gang are hosting a documentary screening that pokes behind what really happened when poor auld iJoan got trapped in her car. Deary deary me. The trials when they kick off will be gripping stuff and see an attempt by the state to criminalise a whole community. Previously on rabble: Paul O’Connell rails against the conviction of a 16 year old for peaceful protest. Full details are here and you can give the trailer a whirl above.
Above: A selection of shots from the December 2014 Irish Water protest in Dublin by Bit Thornt. Today’s guilty verdict represents, if you excuse the pun, a watershed moment says Paul O’Connell, a Reader In Law at SOAS University of London. The regime has sent a clear message resistance will be met by a brutal police force and increased criminalisation. The right to protest has never enjoyed particularly strong protection in Ireland. The provisions of the Constitution that deal with it are remarkable more for the exceptions and limitations to the right that they countenance, rather than a strong protection of the right as such. Over … Read More
Here’s the The latest from #JobstownNotGuilty trial. A 17 year-old is due to hear today whether he will be found guilty of falsely imprisoning the then-Minister for Social Protection and Tanaiste, Joan Burton. You can read the teenager’s own words on it over on Bogman’s Cannon. Get down to the court this morning if you can. The verdict is due at noon today with a Rally for Justice called for tomorrow, Saturday 1pm at Central Bank marching to Smithfield Square, the location of the Children’s Court, whatever the result. Here’s the latest from Paul Murphy TD’s facebook page: “21 TDs and senators have signed … Read More
Illustration: Angry Logic comics totally skewered the Nyardai in #rabble8. Would you like to see your work in rabble? Then get in touch. While Fine Gael politicians are immune from prosecution others get the 6am knock. Cellach takes a look at who’s calling the shots in political policing. Fired Retired Commissioner Martin Callinan’s former personal assistant Chief SuperNintendo Orla McPartlin ain’t one to take kindly to the threat of potential public order offences. That’s why she has refused permission to the Anti Austerity Alliance to go door to door shaking the auld charity bucket. Could be used … Read More
Irish Liberal Foresees Own Enduring Relevance, a poem by Kevin Higgins. My words are smoother than the essential oils the Taoiseach last week had his parliamentary assistant rub into his badly traumatised buttocks. My psychotherapist insists half the people who’ve taken shotguns to their own heads, during this recession, would’ve reconsidered, if only they’d heard me talk for an hour each week about the dangers of Sinn Fein, or how I live in the hope of a woman Pope. I’m all for the good people of middle Ireland making their point in a dignified manner with china cups of … Read More