Updated: 22/10/16 : 10:09:24Printable Version
About 20 protesters gathered at Sligo Courthouse yesterday evening in solidarity with the teenager convicted of falsely imprisoning a former Tánaiste two years ago in Dublin.The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named, is planning to appeal the guilty verdicts handed down yesterday for imprisoning Joan Burton and her adviser in November 2014.
He was aged 15 when he blocked them from leaving a graduation ceremony in Jobstown in Dublin - by standing in front of two Garda vehicles.
The judge described the boy as an “active participant” but decided not to give him a criminal record if he stays out of trouble for the next nine months.
Afterwards, his solicitor Michael Finucane said they intended to appeal.“My client has asked me to say that he is extremely relived that the proceedings have ended, and that the stress on him and his family has, to some degree, been lifted, for the time being,” he said.
“But he is disappointed by the outcome.
“Counsel and myself are considering the options, but I can confirm that an appeal of some description will be taken in due course.”
People Before Profit Councillor Gino O’Boyle was one of the organisers of the Sligo protest. Some of the protesters on the steps of Sligo Courthouse. Photo: Facebook
A Rally for Justice will take place today at 1pm at the Central Bank Dame St Dublin and will march to the Children’s Court.