According to Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell, over 200 DART carriages have been vandalised since January which has cost over €500,000.
Figures released from Irish Rail to Farrell reveal that 211 DART carriages have been vandalised since the start of January and that repairs have cost a total of €516,000.
Graffiti along with vandalism is understood to be a constant issue with DART trains.
Farrell, who represents Dublin Fingal, has called for a dedicated unit within An Garda Síochána to tackle rising incidents of anti-social behaviour and vandalism on public transport.
With over 80 incidents involving vandalism also being reported by Bus Éireann, Farrell said the data “demonstrates the need for high visibility policing to ensure the safety of passengers and staff on trains and buses”.
“High visibility policing on our public transport will send a clear and unequivocal message, that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and perpetrators will face consequences for their actions”.
Irish Rail also stated that passengers sent 71 texts to its text alert system from January to September, 50 of which were from DART users.
Passengers have reported multiple distressing incidents that have taken place on trains beyond vandalism, from harassment, aggressive behaviour, verbal abuse as well as the use of drink, drugs and smoking on trains.
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