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Gardai said further operations are planned as travel restrictions are eased and train capacity increases

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Gardai will be stepping up patrols of rail services this month in a bid to stop anti-social behaviour as well as drug use and dealing on trains and at stations.

The Kildare Division, supported by the Garda Dog Unit, posted a picture on Facebook with Irish Rail staff as they carried out patrols on services from Heuston Station.

They said that further operations are planned as travel restrictions are eased and train capacity increases.

“The purpose of the operations are to prevent anti-social behaviour on trains and at stations and to prevent and detect the use and transportation of drugs,” they said in the post.

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The Kildare Division, supported by the Garda Dog Unit, posted a picture on Facebook with Irish Rail staff as they carried out patrols on services from Heuston Station.

The Kildare Division, supported by the Garda Dog Unit, posted a picture on Facebook with Irish Rail staff as they carried out patrols on services from Heuston Station.

The Kildare Division, supported by the Garda Dog Unit, posted a picture on Facebook with Irish Rail staff as they carried out patrols on services from Heuston Station.

In January of this year it was revealed how gardai increased patrols on trains after noticing an increase in the numbers of drug users travelling on trains to Dublin so that they could purchase drugs during lockdown.

A senior source said they were using the rail network to travel to train stations in west Dublin such as Clondalkin/Fonthill or the city centre from towns such as Portlaoise Portarlington, Newbridge and Kildare so that they can buy drugs and then travel back to their home towns.

“It is not a nice situation for example for an elderly person who is travelling for a hospital appointment to be faced with these type of individuals who are often off their head on drugs,” this source said.

“Irish Rail have provided gardaí with a timetable of the problematic trains in terms of drugs and anti-social behaviour and these are most common in the morning time and it is these trains that gardaí have been focusing on.”

It was reported at the time how there had been number of times when trains had been delayed because of people using drugs on them.

In one incident the 6pm service from Dublin to Cork was stopped at Hazelhatch, Co Kildare, for over half an hour until suspects were removed by officers.

Gardaí also made some significant seizures from people travelling on the rail network, including a juvenile teenage boy who was caught with a large haul of cannabis on a train in Co Kildare after travelling from Westport, Co Mayo, to Dublin to buy €2,000 worth of the drug.

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