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Irish Rail records major rise in anti-social behavior complaints

Feb 2, 2023 07:49 By Shannonside News
Irish Rail records major rise in anti-social behavior complaints
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It's a rise on 2021 figures.

Irish Rail received complaints of racism, verbal sexual harassment, assaults and drug-taking on trains last year.

There was a 60 per cent increase in anti-social behaviour complaints in 2022, compared to the previous year.

Irish Rail received 444 antisocial behaviour complaints last year - up from 277 the previous year. Those relating to the Dublin to Belfast and Dublin to Cork lines have been released under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Many are linked to drunk and disorderly behaviour. A woman and her husband on the Belfast line said a group of seven or eight drunken youths shouted sectarian, sexual and racial slurs on their journey.

A passenger on the Cork train claims a person took out a white substance and snorted it right off the table. A couple claims they were subjected to verbal abuse and threats of violence from a group of sports fans.

Another passenger claims they were verbally sexually harassed by two drunk men. One person say they witnessed a woman screaming in a man's face, threatening to kill him.

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One passenger says they were kicked in the head by a man as they sat on the floor between two carriages. Irish Rail says it has been working with the gardai, private security staff and employees to address anti-social behaviour.

It says it's a societal issue that it's not immune to.

 

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