Irish Rail forced to pull train from service after drunken students 'vomited throughout'
Published 25/02/2016 | 16:06
Irish Rail was forced to take a train out of service for 24 hours after it was “wrecked” by some 300 DCU students on their way to an event in Galway.
During an outing on Monday, hundreds of members from two societies at Dublin City University boarded a train specifically chartered for them heading to Galway City.
Those on-board were allowed to bring their own alcohol, and according to reports, there were only two security guards presence to deal with the mass of students.
“The train was left in a dreadful state,” said a spokesperson for Irish Rail.
“The train was not able to enter service on Tuesday as it had to be deep cleaned on Tuesday and overnight on Wednesday before going back into service.”
According to the rail service vomit and “other fluids” where discovered throughout the train.
First reported in the College View, DCU’s student newspaper, the Engineering Society and Science & Health Society took 300 students from Dublin to Galway City on the train.
According to the newspaper, only two stalls were in working order during the journey, though a student on the train claimed “It was more like one.”
“We were locked in there with one toilet between 300 people,” said Josh, speaking to RTÉ’s Liveline.
“I don't know what they expected. There was no where for anyone to get sick.”
Asked about the behaviour on-board the train, the student said that while everyone was “a little bit drunk” there was no one acting up or looking to cause trouble or damage to the train.
“It was carnage in Galway City but on the train, everyone was well behaved.”
Addressing the claims that there was not enough working stalls on the chartered journey, Irish Rail said when the train left Heuston Station in Dublin there “was 5 out of 6 toilets operational.”
“One toilet went out of service on the way to Galway so there were 4 operational toilets on the train.
“We regularly have student charters from Trinity and have never had a problem with the condition that the train was left in,” the rail service added.
Irish Rail told Independent.ie that they would be seeking payment for the cost of cleaning the train from DCU authorities.
"The University has been liaising with Irish Rail since Tuesday when it was made aware of an incident involving a Clubs & Societies event on an Irish Rail train earlier this week," a DCU spokesperson told Independent.ie.
"A small number of individuals behaved in an irresponsible manner which greatly inconvenienced Irish Rail as a result. The University strongly disapproves of such actions which reflect neither the ethos of the university nor the typical behaviour of our student body.
"We have been working closely with Irish Rail to get an assessment of any damage that may have been caused, the cost of which will be met by the Societies responsible for organising the trip."