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Fantastic Sligo pub offering 'safe place' service for women waiting on lift home

The Railway Bar in Sligo town is inviting girls and women to come inside the pub instead of waiting on the streets or at the nearby bus station.

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The Railway Bar in Sligo town (Facebook)

The Railway Bar in Sligo town (Facebook)

The Railway Bar in Sligo town (Facebook)

A Sligo pub is offering a “safe place” for women to use while they wait for their bus or lift home.

The Railway Bar in Sligo town is inviting girls and women to come inside the pub instead of waiting on the streets or at the nearby bus station.

They are also offering to ring taxis for those who need them as well as a place to charge their phones.

This week, the bar shared a post on social media offering the service following the murder of 23-year-old schoolteacher Ashling Murphy in Tullamore earlier this month.

Emily from The Railway Bar told sundayworld.com that women have been using the pub as a safe space for some time now.

“It’s a service we’ve actually offered for years here in the bar just because the bus station here in Sligo closes at 6pm,” she explained.

“Then with Ashling Murphy’s death it kind of drove home for us that there’s a lot of vulnerable [people] left standing in the bus station at night time with nowhere to go.

“We’re located across from the train and bus station and sometimes at night time you can see dodgy things happening. It’s just to keep an eye out for the vulnerable.

“So, we just offer a safe space for them to come in, sit down, wait for their lift or bus. If they need a taxi called or their phone charged, we’ll do it for them.”

She said that the bar didn’t expect to get such a positive reaction from their social media post, which has been liked and shared by hundreds of people.

“We didn’t expect the reaction we’ve gotten from it. It was just a post we put up for our own local area, for our own girls in our area.

“Since we put the post up, we’ve had a couple of ladies and younger girls come in in the evenings that are waiting or say, ‘Do you mind if I come in and sit here?’ and obviously we have no problem with it.

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“We would never put pressure on anyone to buy anything when they come.

"We’re just offering a safe corner to sit in for a half hour while you wait for your lift.”

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