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Video: 'Brawl' breaks out on Nitelink as Dublin Bus praises driver's actions

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 25/08/2015 | 10:05

Dublin Bus has confirmed that their driver followed proper procedures in dealing with a brawl which broke out on the 66N bus last month.

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This amateur video, captured by a passenger, shows a frightening melee involving five people on board the Nitelink service from Westmorland Street to Leixlip.

The shocking footage shows four men loudly arguing, pushing and striking each other.

A blonde-haired woman can be seen attempting to defuse the situation, repeatedly appealing to those involved to 'calm down.'

Maria Payne, spokeswoman for Dublin Bus, said that the driver followed protocol by alerting the 'central control centre' who in turn contacted the gardai.

Passenger interviews were conducted and CCTV was handed over to the gardai when the attended the scene.

Ms. Payne criticised inaccurate reports on an online news site which stated that passengers were prevented from disembarking from the vehicle while the fight was in progress.

She said that the CCTV clearly shows that despite the central doors being closed the front doors were fully open allowing passengers to exit at any time.

This latest violent incident comes a year after a vicious thug attacked and punched an innocent woman on a Dublin bus in August 2014.

The victim, who was travelling home when her assailant struck, was hit a number of times by the unidentified man and had to be hospitalised as a result.

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