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Attack on Tallaght bus latest in a long line - Crowe

25 October, 2006

Sinn Féin Social Affairs spokesperson Seán Crowe TD told the Dáil last night that the attack on a bus last week where a young man was thrown out a window from the upper floor was the latest, and most horrific, of a long litany of incidents. Giving examples of cases he was personally aware of, Deputy Crowe, who represents the constituency where the event took place, went on to say 'is not acceptable that people travelling or working on public transport do so in fear', pointing out that CCTV promised for every bus had not been installed.

The Dublin South-West TD told the Dáil: "The deplorable attack on a young man on a bus in Tallaght last week where he was thrown from the top window of a bus, while shocking, was the latest in a long line of serious incidents of anti-social behaviour and criminal activity on busses throughout Dublin, and on Tallaght routes in particular.

"Among incidents that were brought to my attention recently were verbal abuse of passengers and drivers, drug taking, a child assault, bottles thrown on the upper saloon of a bus, spitting at a driver, passengers causing disturbances, a man set on fire, broken windows, stone throwing, syringes found on the upper saloon, fighting on the upper saloon of a bus, youths setting fire to a bus with lighters. These are just some of the incidents that have been reported to the Garda and to Dublin Bus.

"We were assured a few years ago that CCTV would be put in every bus. However that has not happened. The drivers, the management, the Gardaí involved and members of the community all suffer due to these incidents. The community suffers because the buses are withdrawn and because members of the community are often victims on the buses. The drivers suffer because they are terrified of the incidents that happen and are terrified of being assaulted.

"It is not acceptable that people travelling or working on public transport do so in fear and it is time the Government realised that it is failing these communities."


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