Joan Burton has told the Jobstown 7 trial that it’s ‘not necessarily’ water off a duck’s back for her to be called names like bitch or ‘the c word’.
The former Tanaiste is continuing to be cross examined in the trial of TD Paul Murphy and 6 other men who deny falsely imprisoning her during a water charge protest in November 2014.
Michael O’Higgins who is representing one of the accused men - 50 year old Ken Purcell of Kiltalawn Green in Tallaght - told Joan Burton that it was indefensible that water balloons and eggs were thrown at her the day of the anti-water charge protest in Jobstown.
The barrister also said he’s not defending the conduct of people calling her a bitch and the c word on the day.
But he said while the name calling was distasteful - he asked for one of the leaders of the country - would it not be water off a ducks back?
Joan Burton – who was Tanaiste at the time - said ‘’not necessarily’’ if blows are being rained down on the car.
She said she doesn’t expect everyone to agree with her or like her but in general she gets a mixture of both and she said the venom and hatred she experienced that day was unusual.
It was also put to her that a lot of people had egg on them that day but the people throwing them were coming from outside the group of protestors.
Solidarity TD Paul Murphy, two Dublin councillors and four other men deny falsely imprisoning Joan Burton and her advisor in November 2014 by trapping them in two cars for a number of hours.