Lahart renews call for a dedicated Garda transport unit following assault on Dublin Bus
16 August 2022
Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin South West, John Lahart, has strongly condemned a homophobic assault which took place on the number 15 bus over the weekend, leaving a man with serious facial injuries.
Deputy Lahart said, "I strongly condemn the actions of the small minority who subject others to abuse or attack resulting from their own prejudice. In recent months we have seen vicious crimes take place. This cannot and will not be tolerated.
"An inclusive Ireland is one where crimes motivated by prejudice, hate or bigotry are not tolerated and work is ongoing as a priority to legislate against hate crime and hate speech, to ensure that Ireland is fair, safe and inclusive for all.
"Unfortunately, such incidents have become far too commonplace, particularly on our public transport services.
"The safety and security of passengers and staff must be paramount. It is in the public good in every sense that public transport is used, embraced and an attractive option for the travelling public. It needs to be affordable, efficient but also safe.
"In order to further enhance and strengthen our services across Dublin and indeed nationwide, Fianna Fáil want to hear the views of passengers and commuters on how we can best support safer public transport for all. Last month we launched a transport safety survey asking commuters how safe they feel on public transport in Dublin. Such was the response, the survey has now been extended nationwide.
"My colleagues and I in Fianna Fáil will continue to campaign for the introduction of a dedicated Garda transport unit to help protect people using public transport.
"There needs to be a consistent approach to this. We must have a consistent and effective mechanism for security on public transport. People must feel safe.''
Deputy Lahart concluded by saying that he wishes the man who was injured during this shocking assault a full and speedy recovery and would appeal for anyone with any information in relation to this assault to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.