Bus Eireann starts probe into another sexual harassment incident on Carrigaline-Ballincollig route

Bus Eireann starts probe into another sexual harassment incident on Carrigaline-Ballincollig route
The incident happened on the 220 bus service. 

BUS Éireann is investigating an alleged sexual harassment incident on a Cork bus route.

A post on the Crosshaven Notice Board Facebook page warned of a man, believed to be in his 40s or 50s, harassing and touching females on the 220 Ballincollig to Carrigaline route at around 10.30pm.

The post, put up on the page on Sunday night, said:

“Tonight a man in his 40s/50s was on the 220 harassing girls, leaning into them, stroking their legs and asking where they are getting off.

“(He was) also starting fights with men on the bus.” 

A passenger filed a report with the bus driver highlighting the alleged incident.

In a statement to The Echo, a spokesperson for Bus Éireann said it is aware of an incident on Route 220 (Ballincollig to Carrigaline) on Sunday night at around 10.30pm.

“The driver followed all safety procedures and immediately contacted the 24 hour AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) control office in Cork.

“We are currently investigating the matter and liaising with local Gardai,” the statement added.

The incident comes just weeks after a gang of youths threatened to rape a female driver on the same route on Halloween night.

A female bus driver was verbally abused and threatened after she confronted a large group of teenagers who boarded the bus in Carrigaline and refused to pay.

She called for assistance and her supervisor and gardaí arrived within 15 minutes.

She was threatened with rape and was subjected to racial abuse while she waited for them to arrive.

The gardaí and the supervisor were also verbally abused during the incident, which lasted for around two hours.

The incident has prompted Bus Eireann to introduce additional security, provided by a private firm, to the service.

Labour representative Peter Horgan tonight called for the immediate introduction of a Transport Police on the 220 service.

“This bus route was the first 24-hour route in the country and is the future of public transport in Cork but to see such assaults and attacks happen is nauseating. We need a transport police trialled here on this route now. Bus drivers and commuters deserve security of travel and no one wants to see such actions shrugged at any level," he said.

Separately, Bus Eireann is seeking to hire bus drivers in Cork and is encouraging anyone interested to fill out an application form on their website.

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