Saturday 22 July 2017

Passengers face delays after train windows are smashed with 'large rocks'

Irish Rail
Irish Rail
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

Passengers faced delays and reduced capacity on a commuter train on Friday morning when two of the train’s windows were smashed.

The incident, which affected the 6.30 train from Galway to Dublin's Heuston Station, involved several young people throwing large rocks at the train windows in Clara. The affected carriage had to be locked off.

In a statement to, Irish Rail said: “The incident this morning resulted in two windows being smashed, and the train was delayed so the carriage could be locked off and customers moved to other carriages.”

“With modern train design, it is quite unusual for the windows to be smashed – the double and strengthened panes generally prevent this,” the statement continued.

“We liaise with Gardaí nationally and locally to address anti-social behaviour issues, so that if we have a pattern of incidents we can address it, with our own private security and with the support of Gardaí.”

Meanwhile, commuters have raised concerns about ice and frost in railway stations, complaining on social media of the danger to people in the stations.

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