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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Anti-social behaviour sees Irish Rail passengers hit with alcohol ban

Passengers turn to Twitter questioning ability to enforce measure

Louise Kelly

Published 26/02/2014|13:37

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Passengers using certain services on Irish Rail will no longer be able to drink alcohol on board - with the Galway to Dublin service highlighted.

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Iarnród Éireann have announced that they are introducing an alcohol ban on its 1pm Sunday service from Galway to Dublin's Heuston Station.

According to a statement from the national rail service today, the measure is being enforced as a result of “persistent customer complaints” about anti-social behaviour on this train.

These incidents are believed to be connected to “excessive alcohol consumption” and the decision has been made to impose a complete ban on the service. 

From this Sunday, passengers will not be able to purchase alcohol from catering staff on this weekly train line.

Any commuters boarding the train with alcohol on their person will have it confiscated, according to the statement.

“No BYOB [bring your own bottle] either, this train to be alcohol-free,” Iarnrod Eireann tweeted earlier today.

Other routes, including certain trains between Waterford and Dublin, have similar restrictions, said company spokesperson Jane Cregan.

"The decision was taken to make these services alcohol free because we have large groups of people travelling - particularly on stag and hen parties - that may in some instances engage in the over consumption of alcohol and this can be intimidating to other customers."

"It is a measure we take reluctantly, but we must act when our customers are regularly having their journeys disturbed by a minority," she added.

Meanwhile, Twitter users have questioned Irish Rail’s ability to enforce the recent alcohol ban.

“Doesn't sound enforceable... Mandatory bag checks and drink dumps?” wondered @pluincee.

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