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'intimidated' Woman 'preyed' upon by drunks and open drug use among last year's Irish Rail complaints

The number of reports of anti-social behaviour last year rose from 2020

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Irish Rail received complaints of open drug use on routes last year, including a report of a woman being ‘preyed upon’ by a group of drunk men.

There were also reports of ketamine and cocaine being used on trains in 2021, as well as other drugs being used.

One person reported that while they were on the Dublin to Belfast Enterprise, two men were seen openly taking the powerful drug ketamine.

According to one woman, who was travelling with her husband and young son from Dublin to Cork in November, a man adjacent to them on the train was openly taking cocaine for his entire journey.

Another report stated how a group of intoxicated men intimidated and ‘preyed’ on a female passenger on the Belfast route.

On one route, it was reported a man threatened to kill everyone on the train.

The number of antisocial behaviour complaints received by Irish Rail rose last year to 227.

In 2020 there were 258 complaints.

General secretary of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU), Dermot O’Leary, said: "The Gardaí are the best equipped in this country to police, we've always said that.

"And that's the route we've been pursuing for quite a while now.

"The Garda representative bodies themselves would be very supportive of that.

"Obviously they will need further resources from the Government to do that, but it certainly would need a proper policing resort which'll have the powers of detention and arrest."

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