Tuesday 23 October 2018

'It takes the awkwardness out of the situation' - Irish Rail says 'baby on board' badges a 'success'

Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Irish Rail has said the introduction of "baby on board" badges for expectant mothers has been a success so far.

Around 400 badges have been issued on a trial basis and the company says it is encouraging commuters to give up their seats for pregnant women.

"The initial response has been positive," Barry Kenny, corporate communications manager with Irish Rail, told Newstalk Breakfast.

"We have busy trains and if you're travelling anywhere in the world, there are going to be people sitting and some people standing but some people need seats more than others."

Irish Rail previously campaigned for people to be less transfixed by their phones and offer seats to elderly people and pregnant passengers.

"In the case of expectant mothers, sometimes it’s not clear to people sitting down. We have had some considerate fathers getting the badges for their partners."

Badges can be obtained by emailing your name and address to babybadges@irishrail.ie.

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