Fianna Fáil Meath East General Election candidate, Deirdre Geraghty-Smith has said that she is alarmed at reports of a robbery and stabbing incident last night in which a young girl from Ratoath was attacked at a bus stop in Blanchardstown while waiting for her bus home.

“This is very disturbing and is something no one in the local community either expects or is prepared for.

“I’m led to believe that a young woman was attacked with a knife while waiting for a bus at a stop on a slip-road in an unlit area. There have been increasing concerns raised about safety at this bus stop over the last number of months by bus users. It is isolated, in darkness and people awaiting buses are extremely vulnerable to opportunistic attacks.

“This attack is deeply concerning and is not the first such incident reported at this location. There is now a growing sense of unease amongst bus users about the inattention being paid to the safety of South Meath commuters and the prevalence of attacks such as this.

“This attack should act as a spur to move this bus stop to a safer, more central location to ensure that commuters waiting for a bus can feel safe. Furthermore, the Government, Bus Éireann and An Garda Síochána must review all bus stops along their routes to ensure that appropriately lit up with a view to stopping attacks of this nature from happening again.

“Meath East has one of the highest rates of commuting in the country, with thousands using public transport every day to get into Dublin for such things as work, study and hospital appointments. They should not have to worry about being attacked en route,” concluded Geraghty-Smith.