Local Councillor Charlie O’Connor has renewed his calls for a community response to the ongoing threat to the bus service in Tallaght West.
The matter has been raised at all recent meetings of the monthly Dublin Bus/Luas Community Forum which is held in Killinarden Enterprise Centre and attended by Tallaght Gardai, Dublin Bus Management and Union, Luas Management and Community representatives.
He said that the meetings have heard reports of stone and missiles throwing, windows being broken, incidents on the buses and youths scutting on the back of the buses.
A number of videos have appeared on social media in recent weeks of youths ‘cutting’ (clinging to the back of a vehicle to hitch a ride) on the new ‘SG’ model buses with drivers saying this is a frequent issue.
Responding to reports of union sources suggesting buses would be withdrawn after 6pm due to these ongoing problems Charlie O Connor said:
“Everything possible must be done to preserve and protect the bus service to the community…a partnership approach is required involving the Gardai, Dublin Bus, the Council and the local community.”
He added the local community had a clear role to play in respect of this crisis and he particularly appealed to parents of young people involved in this anti social behavior to take action to illuminate the problem.
He also said he and Councillor Brian Leech, who attend the meetings of the Dublin Bus/Luas Community Forum, will continue to give this matter their particular attention and support efforts to deal with the crisis.