“Government Inaction on Garda Public Transport Unit scaring people away from Public Transport” – Tóibín
Aontú leader and Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has called for a Garda Transport Unit to be set up immediately to ensure public transport is safe for all users. in response to increasing reports of Anti-social behaviour
Speaking today, Peadar Tóibín said “Its over a year since Aontú publicly called for a special Garda Transport Unit to be created to stamp out anti social behaviour on Public Transport and ensure that users are safe from harm. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been hearing horrible accounts of people’s experiences on public transport. From drug-use, drunkenness, threats and violence, aggressive and anti-social behaviour are not an uncommon experience for people using public transport across Ireland.
“Children coming home from school, families and the elderly often feel unsafe or uncomfortable taking public transport because of the pervasiveness of anti-social behaviour. It’s a disgrace that so much of our society can be tormented by such group of people. I know of many people who will not take public transport at certain times due to what’s happening. At a time when we need to be increasing the use of public transport to help fight against traffic congestion and climate change its critical that there is movement now on this issue. ” continued Tóibín
“Aontú have been calling for a Garda presence on public transport for over a year now. The Government has issued press statements but nothing has been done. The Minister for Justice is distracted from the everyday real experiences of citizens with regards the anti-social and crime. The Minister needs to focus on helping real people feel safe on busses, trains and Luas as they go about their daily lives . It’s time for the government to make public transport safe” concluded Tóibín