Journalist Paul Reynolds of RTÉ left a voicemail with Councillor Keiran Mahon of the Anti-Austerity Alliance 4 minutes before the Six One news informing him that he was to be charged with false imprisonment.
It is believed from RTÉ’s source that 27 of the Jobstown protest, which saw Deputy Joan Burton inconvenienced for two hours and splashed with a water balloon, are to be charged and tried in the Circuit Court for various offences including false imprisonment which can carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
The news came in the midst of an ongoing Garda investigation into leaks either from the DPP office or from Garda sources. Paul Murphy has said that leaking of DPP upcoming charges is itself a criminal offence.
Clare Daly TD’s arrest was leaked to the press as were other charges in relation to anti-water tax protestors.The political motives behind these leaks has not gone without comment.
RTE’s report is here, those expecting to be charged are still waiting for the 6am raids.