TRAIN TENSION AFTER SMITHFIELD SHOW
AROUND 40 PASSENGERS WATCHED BY GARDAI
GARDAI IN BRAY had to board a train at Bray station last Sunday and supervise some of its more rowdy passengers as far as Enniscorthy.
Around 40 people, who were travelling from the Smithfield Horse Fair at which trouble had erupted earlier in the day, were on a carriage of the train from Dublin to Rosslare.
‘Complaints were received from Irish Rail Staff about boisterous behaviour and public order matters on board the train,' said Superintendent Michael Lernihan.
A ‘strong contingent' of gardaí got on the train in Bray and stayed with the passengers all the way to the County Wexford town, a further journey of around 90 minutes.
Passengers on board the train who witnessed the group drinking and misbehaving said that local gardaí were waiting on the other side. ‘Gardai in Enniscorthy were notified that they were on the way,' confirmed Supt. Lernihan.
‘ The trolley service was stopped and no alcohol was available on board the train, but they had their own drink with them,' added a witness. It was 10.20 p.m. before the train arrived in Enniscorthy, representing a delay of around two hours.
That particular service departs Dublin Connolly at 6.30 p.m. and is supposed to arrive in Enniscorthy at 8.43 p.m.
Calls have been made for the annual Smithfield Fair to be stopped, after a shooting incident that morning in the city at around 11.30 a.m. Two males were injured in that attack.
Bray DART station where gardaí boarded to supervise unruly passengers at the weekend.