A solicitor representing a number of people who were facing charges relating to the Jobstown protest in 2014 has said his clients are relieved after learning the charges are to be dropped.
Michael Finucane said last night that the Director of Public Prosecutions informed him the charges would be dropped when the case comes before the courts on 2 October.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Finucane welcomed the fact that the charges against his clients are to be dropped.
He said it is unusual for the DPP to embark on such a large prosecution and discontinue it "halfway through."
However, he added that the Jobstown case was far from the usual sort of case.
Mr Finucane said his clients had been extremely worried by the possible outcome of the trial and by the high-profile nature of the case.
He said they are now relieved and happy that they would not have to stand trial.
Mr Finucane said that he hoped their final trip to court in October, when a nolle prosequi - a formal notice of abandonment of a charge - will be entered, would be a low-key one.
"I think everyone would agree that after all the publicity and all the controversy and all the comments that have been engaged in, it might be nice to have these cases end, not with a bang but with a quiet withdrawal," he said.
Mr Finucane, who also represents a minor who was convicted in relation to the Jobstown protest, said that case was the subject of active appeal proceedings.
In June six men, including Solidarity TD Paul Murphy, were found not guilty at the Circuit Criminal Court of the false imprisonment of former tánaiste Joan Burton and her adviser.