Bus halted in Kilmac by 30 protesters
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.