Bus halted in Kil­mac by 30 pro­test­ers

De­cem­ber 1984

Bray People - - NEWS -

THIRTY young­sters from Dublin blocked the way of a CIE bus in Kil­macanogue when they staged a sit-in last Sun­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the CIE Press Of­fi­cer, Cyril Fer­ris, the dis­pute arose not with the driver of the bus, but with the youth lead­ers in charge of the youths.

Pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling on the Wick­low bus at 4.30 p.m. came to a stand­still when they ar­rived in Kil­macanogue.

‘Ap­par­ently, the bus, which was al­ready full com­ing from Kilped­der, stopped in Kil­macanogue, where 30 young Dublin foot­ballers and their two lead­ers were wait­ing.

It seems that their own pri­vate mini bus didn’t come back to col­lect them,’ said Mr Fer­ris.

‘But the bizarre thing is that the two lead­ers ap­proached the driver and asked him to let them on the bus leav­ing the rest of them stranded.’

Mr Fer­ris added that none of the young­sters nor their lead­ers had any money to pay for fares. ‘ The two were look­ing for a free trip,’ he said. ‘But the young­sters were not ac­cept­ing it at all. ‘So they sat down in front of the bus block­ing the driver from leav­ing the stop.

‘ The amaz­ing thing is that the two lads in charge were quite open about leav­ing the rest be­hind if the driver was will­ing to take them into Dublin.’

In the heel of the hunt, Mr Fer­ris said that the driver of the bus held out and by the time he was go­ing to call the Gardai, the sit-in had dis­persed.

Once the bus got go­ing again, the fare-pay­ing pas­sen­gers only ar­rived 20 min­utes late in to Dublin.

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