Paul Murphy accuses Taoiseach of defamation

In a letter sent today, Solidarity and Dublin South West TD Paul Murphy has accused Leo Varadkar of defaming him. 

Deputy Murphy says the Taoiseach accused him of criminal behaviour in the Dáil on Wednesday.

He says his description of the Jobstown protest as ‘thuggery’, and mentioning of a water balloon being thrown at Joan Burton, accuse him of behaviour he did not take part in.

The formal complaint emerged as Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl confirmed he has officially asked the cross-party committee on procedures to investigate Mr Murphy’s own Jobstown trial “perjury” claims after reviewing his Dáil comments.

The letter, which was sent to Mr Ó Fearghaíl today, outlines Deputy Murphy’s claims against the Taoiseach  stem from his use of the word “thuggery” in relation to the Jobstown protest.

The Taoiseach isn’t the only member of the house facing accusations of defamation.

Deputy Murphy similarly claims Charlie Flanagan’s comment that Mr Murphy was putting forward “more threats”, Bernard Durkan’s claims “you held them for three hours” at a protest “led by you”, similar comments by Mary  Mitchell O’Connor, and Heather Humphreys’ claim he is a “bully boy” also broke Dáil rules.