Joan Burton has become emotional in the witness box as footage of the anti -water charge protest was played to the jury during the Jobstown 7 trial.
Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and six other men deny falsely imprisoning her and her adviser in two garda cars in November 2014.
It’s Joan Burton’s fourth day being cross examined in the witness box about the events of November the 15th 2014 in Jobstown while she was the Tanaiste.
Footage was played to the jury during the anti-water charge demonstration and people can be heard shouting ‘shame on you Joan – you’re a f**king disgrace’ as she’s being escorted through the crowd.
Joan Burton became emotional during this footage and asked the Judge if she could watch it in her own private time.
‘’It’s very distressing what happened ‘’– she told the court and the Judge asked the jury to leave.
When the jurors returned the barrister for one of the accused - apologised to Joan Burton if the footage was distressing but said he has a client to represent and this has to be done.
The barrister then asked if TD Paul Murphy was one of the men in the footage who was sitting behind a car with no clothes on from the waist up.
Joan Burton replied: ‘’If you can identify him to me? I haven’t seen him with his clothes off before’
This resulted in laughter in the courtroom.
Following four days of cross examination Joan Burton finished her evidence this afternoon and her former adviser Karen O’Connell was then called to the stand.
She described arriving to the graduation ceremony in Jobstown and was walking to a nearby church with Joan Burton and people were calling the then Tanaiste a bitch and the C word and saying ‘’I hope you die’’.
Karen O’Connell said they were being shoved and an egg hit her, a water balloon hit Joan Burton and she also saw a bottle and an apple being thrown.
She described how she was petrified and started crying when she got into an unmarked garda car with Joan Burton and people surrounded it.
She said they were chanting anti-water slogans along with more personal things and then they sat down around the car.
She said as the women were transferred to another garda car she felt like an angry mob was around them.
Karen O’Connell told the jury protestors also surrounded that car and the glass broke on the windscreen.
She described the whole experience as one of the scariest she ever had
In cross examination Karen O’Connell agreed that she had protested herself before during the Shell to Sea Campaign in Rossport. She said sit down protests were a feature but said it was to prevent trucks going in and not from letting them leave.
She said she wasn’t involved in the campaign after she started working for Joan Burton.