Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD, has said that the €115,000 allocated to Irish Rail to provide additional security over the Christmas period, is a step in the right direction.

Deputy Troy was commenting following the announcement by Minister Ross that the funding would be spent on extra security patrols on evening Dart and commuter services between Dublin city centre and Howth, Drogheda, Maynooth, Kildare and Greystones.

“This is a step in the right direction and a consequence of the pressure brought on the Minister by Deputy John Lahart and I. In making these funds available, the Minister has acknowledged the very real problem which exists with anti-social behaviour on public transport. He has a responsibility to act and provide security and peace of mind to both passengers and staff.

“The Minister cannot stop here; he must look beyond the pale and roll this funding out further, across the country and beyond the Christmas period. Fianna Fáil has been highlighting the need to tackle rising anti-social behaviour on public transport services for many years now. Our election manifesto contained a clear commitment to establish a specific public transport police section within An Garda Síochána.

“We will continue to put pressure on Minister Ross until he realises the full extent of the fear and worry caused by anti-social behaviour on public transport across Ireland”, concluded Deputy Troy.