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Gardaí opposed to dedicated transport police on busses and trains – Ryan

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has stated that gardaí are opposed to having dedicated transport police for busses and trains to tackle anti-social behaviour.

This comes as the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) has called on its members to take industrial action in response to the anti-social behaviour that takes place on busses and trains.

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Staff have faced a number of incidents on public transport which include sexual harassment, physical violence and open drug use.

However, Gardaí do not believe that transport police are the solution to anti-social behaviour issues on public transport. Minister Ryan stated, “The advice from the gardaí, and we have to heed their advice, they’re experts in security areas, is that no, that doesn’t work.”

He added that there was a good liaison between Gardaí and Irish Rail while saying, “I think we should double down on that and address what is a very valid concern.”

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“But I think the measures have been taken at the moment, going further and stronger and faster with that is the most important, best response.”

NBRU General-Secretary Dermot O’Leary talked about the abuse that staff face, saying that “It’s everything from sexual harassment to verbal assaults, physical assaults, threats of rape on some of our women members, openly taking drugs, shooting up heroin, snorting cocaine off tables, engaging in sexual acts, being drunk.”

He added that garda management is against the idea of dedicated transport police but not the rank and file.

“Garda management don’t want it, but the representative bodies would fully support us on that.” He said that a debate is to be held on the subject.

IMAGE – “Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan” by The Green Party / Comhaontas Glas is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

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