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Off the rails Passengers doing lines of cocaine on a table among complaints made to Irish Rail

One 19-year-old girl says three teenage boys continuously threatened her and made inappropriate sexual comments

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Passengers were doing cocaine on tables, according to one complaint. FILE PHOTO

Passengers were doing cocaine on tables, according to one complaint. FILE PHOTO

Passengers were doing cocaine on tables, according to one complaint. FILE PHOTO

Passengers doing lines of cocaine on a table and a teenage girl threatened with a machete were just two of the complaints made to Irish Rail this year, it has emerged. 

Other reports lodged with Irish Rail between January of 2020 and June of this year relate to the Dublin-Cork railway line and involve drunken behaviour and harassment.

One person said two people were doing lines of cocaine off the table on the train.

A similar complaint says two passengers had a number of plastic bags and drugs on the table, and they were consuming them openly.

One 19-year-old girl says three teenage boys continuously threatened her and made inappropriate sexual comments.

She says one of them said he'd hit her head with a bottle and machete if she didn't talk to him.

It has promoted calls from the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) for a dedicated transport police.

Dermot O'Leary said: "The assistance of a dedicated transport police would help.

"I think it's only a matter of time before something serious is going to happen, unfortunately - and that's one [thing] I don't want to be true."

Dublin-Cork is the busiest inter-city route and Irish Rail says while these incidents are regretted, 26 complaints over 18 months indicate the vast majority of journeys occur without incident.

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