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‘Horrendous’: Dublin TD tells Liveline of ‘let’s rape her’ chants by young men on Dart

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Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell tweeted about his experience on the train

Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell tweeted about his experience on the train

Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell tweeted about his experience on the train

A Dublin TD has told RTÉ’s Liveline programme that chants of ‘let’s rape her’ which were shouted by a group on young men on the Dart epitomise “toxic masculinity”.

Fine Gael Dublin-Fingal TD Alan Farrell said he was travelling on the last Northbound Dart on Wednesday evening when members of a group of approximately 11 “lads” began shouting ‘let’s rape her’ in the direction of female passengers.

He said the group - who were in their early 20s - got on the train in the city centre, were very loud and did not “have a mask between them”.

Deputy Farrell described their behaviour as “horrendous” and said, “never in all my years witnessed something like it.”

He said he was so shocked by the chants that he had to double-check with other passengers that he had heard group correctly.

The Fine Gael TD described the chants as the type toxic masculinity which must be “eradicated” from Irish society.

“We have to do more to try and change this culture. This is totally unacceptable commentary and treatment of women. I’m a father of two boys, eight and 10, and I’d be horrified if I thought in a few years that they would use this type of language in front of women or even men,” he added.

Deputy Farrell said he confronted the group when he disembarked at Malahide Dart Station and some of the young men admitted to him that they are from the area.

He added that some of them recognised him and “had a go” at him for his politics.

Deputy Farrell said Irish Rail is now investigating the incident and will be passing on CCTV footage to Gardaí.

He added that he has been told by constituents “on occasion” that some women are reluctant to use public transport at night because of these types of incidents.

Meanwhile, in a Twitter post last evening, Deputy Farrell wrote; “I don’t think I’ve ever felt compelled to tweet about such things, but from my journey home tonight on the DART, we have a very long way to go to ensure toxic masculinity is eradicated from our society.

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"Chants of “let’s rape her” were heard amongst lads, after lone women existed the train, before our final destination. I even checked with fellow passengers if I had heard wrong. I was criticised for highlighting it, on egress.”

He continued; “Such a depressing event, such young men. Supposedly in touch with what it means to be a 21st century man.

“These were locals, no question. Some acknowledged it when I confronted them at Malahide, and I thank them for at least acknowledging the issue, others had a go at me for *my* politics. They especially, have a long way to go.

“Toxic masculinity is where bravado takes over and decency has no meaning. There was no excuse for it, especially given it was issued in hushed tones, after the women had left the train; but not all women; some remained.”


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