WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR
These accused people don't 'fit' main stream media notions of politically correct. They fall short of the hypocritical standard preached but not followed by Fine Gael/Labour and their sycophantic journalist entourage.
This ridiculous show trial comes out of austerity driven social tensions and a 'holier than thou' attitude from a failed and failing ruling political class.
The only previous case that comes close to the #TallaghtTrials is the Islandmagee Witch Trial Case. As with the #TallaghtTrials, a group of marginalized people (women) stood accused of possessing (spiritual kidnapping) a person of standing within the community. These unfortunate people were convicted on the evidence of Mary Dunbar who claimed that she was possessed by them. Joan Burton is the Mary Dunbar of the #TallaghtTrials.
Joan Burton was trapped in her car, trapped by her own hubris and sense of self importance. It was not the protesters holding Joan, it was her fear of bad press if An Garda Siochana beat a path through protesters to facilitate her exit as they have done so many times for meter installers facing similar protests.