Saturday 24 February 2018

Irish mum hits out at bus driver who 'left son stranded' in City Centre


Ian Begley

A mum has hit out against the driver of a Bus Eireann bus who refused to let him board on his way back from school.

Sue McEvoy said she was very concerned for her 17-year-old Daithi’s safety when he was left on Leeson Street with no cash and no way of getting home to Trim, Co Meath.

She described the event as “an experience not to be relived”.

“I'm so upset with the driver of the 3.40pm 111 bus from Wilton Terrace. My son was getting on the bus as he does from school every day.  His Leap card didn't work and as happens my son had no cash on him

“The driver told him to get back off the bus, a fellow student offered to use a trip from her 10 journey ticket, but the driver said this wasn't allowed.

"Another passenger offered a trip from his Leap card rather than leave a minor on Lesson Street alone with no way home but again the driver refused.

“My son was then stranded in Dublin City Centre without any cash or transport home. Surely this is no way to treat a minor on our public transport,” she said.

A Bus Eireann spokesperson said: "[We have] received a complaint about this matter and it is currently being investigated.

An apology was also issued in relation to it."

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