An Irish Rail staff member has toldabout incidents of reckless and dangerous behaviour on trains, as the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) renewed its calls for a Garda Transport Division to police unruly passengers.
The NBRU has written to the Minister for Transport to highlight the problems that staff face on a daily basis.
Cork man Dermot O’Leary, general secretary of the NBRU, said drivers and customer service workers on trains are unfairly expected to deal with drunk and drugged-up passengers.
“The message is that customer service personnel would somehow act as a deterrent or some sort of barrier against some of the appalling anti-social behaviour and outright thuggery being experienced across our train system. Nothing would be further from reality,” he said.
An Irish Rail worker in Cork has told: “Open drug use is something we come across.”