A garda has been accused of testifying “in a dishonest and disreputable fashion” about the actions of Solidarity TD Paul Murphy during the Jobstown water protest. 

Defence barrister Sean Guerin, SC, said Garda Gavin Cooke had deliberately toned down his false evidence in a cowardly way at Dublin circuit criminal court yesterday.

Mr Cooke rejected the claims while giving evidence on day 13 of the trial.

The court was told Garda Cooke was on duty on the day of the protest and was driving the car in which Joan Burton and her advisor Karen O Connell were in for about an hour.