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'Action needed' TD says rise in anti-social behaviour on public transport is 'deeply concerning'

Incidences of anti-social behaviour on the Luas increased by 18pc from 2019 to 2020.

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Fine Gael’s Neale Richmond (Niall Carson/PA)

Fine Gael’s Neale Richmond (Niall Carson/PA)

Fine Gael’s Neale Richmond (Niall Carson/PA)

The rise in anti-social behaviour on public transport in Dublin is “deeply concerning,” a Fine Gael TD has said.

Incidences of anti-social behaviour on the Luas increased by 18pc from 593 in 2019 to 702 in 2020, according to figures released via Parliamentary Questions this week.

A further 679 incidents have been recorded from January until October of this year, meaning a further increase is to be expected by the end of 2021.

Incidents on Dublin Bus are also rising despite increased CCTV and staff training, with 514 in 2020 compared to 494 in 2019.

Dublin Rathdown TD Deputy Neale Richmond said that it’s time to take “decisive action” in combatting anti-social behaviour on public transport.

“Anti-social behaviour on public transport is persisting across Ireland. We have all seen the videos of violence and harassment on public transport and time has come to take decisive action to curtail this problem,” he said.

“Considering that public transport use was curtailed for much of 2019 and 2020, this is deeply concerning and reveals that this is not a purely anecdotal issue, but one that is putting drivers and passengers in harm’s way.

“This issue has persisted for too long and with members of the National Bus and Rail Drivers Union considering strike action over anti-social behaviour, it is clear that action is needed.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe on public transport and with the Christmas season approaching we cannot wait to address this issue but must ensure that action is taken now to ensure everyone’s safety.”

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