TRAIN TEN­SION AF­TER SMITH­FIELD SHOW

AROUND 40 PAS­SEN­GERS WATCHED BY GAR­DAI

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - MARY FOG­A­RTY

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.

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