According to Union, the recent attacks on Dublin Bus prove the need for a Garda transport unit

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) has reiterated its call for a dedicated Garda Transport Department following recent attacks on drivers and passengers on public transport.

Ark Sheehan, 26, celebrated his boyfriend’s birthday at The George nightclub on Dame Street on Sunday night. He was riding the bus home with his friends when a group of younger men got on the bus and began taunting them and using “homophobic slurs”.

Mr Sheehan was later attacked by one of the young men and subsequently spent six hours in the hospital.


Mark recovers from his ordeal

NBRU Deputy Secretary General Tom O’Connor said incidents like the one Mr Sheehan described were far too common in bus and rail services.

“We have seen quite a number of incidents across the network in recent weeks, particularly at Bus Éireann and across the rails,” he said.

“Unfortunately, this type of behavior is becoming increasingly violent and leading to serious injuries… Five drivers have been attacked and physically assaulted in the last few weeks. Some of them ended up in the hospital.”

Discussing the details of the five drivers who were recently attacked, Mr O’Connor said the incidents took place at Dublin Airport, Dublin City Centre, Crosshaven Co Cork, Navan Co Meath and Galway.

He said if a fight breaks out or someone is attacked on a bus or train, protocol is for the driver to “not interfere”.

“The directive from the union and the company is that the driver or the employee should not interfere. They’re public transport workers, they’re not bouncers or security guards,” he said.

“That’s why the public transport department in Garda is needed to make people feel safe… 71 percent of trips are still made by private cars. How can we discourage people from switching from their car to public transport if they don’t feel safe? ”

Mr O’Connor said if anyone witnesses an attack they should inform the driver, who can contact central control or the Gardaí directly.

He argued that public order incidents were a “societal problem” and said that although a dedicated Garda division could not oversee all services, the establishment of the unit would still make people “think twice” before committing a crime commit.

“The same hotspots are in Navan, in Limerick, in Cork, on some of the Dublin bus routes – the 27, the 40, the north side of the Dart, we know the interurban routes. The NTA is currently spending billions on Bus Connect Ireland and Dart Plus. All these investments will be wasted if we cannot encourage people to use public transport,” he added.

“The voters, they are obviously fed up with the behavior on the buses. This poor gentleman who was attacked [Mark Sheehan], he is someone’s son. It is no longer a statistic, it is real people who are being hurt out there and the people we elect to Dáil Éireann have a responsibility to put an end to it.” According to Union, the recent attacks on Dublin Bus prove the need for a Garda transport unit

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