A train driver and a teenage girl were both assaulted by a man who was travelling on the Dublin to Westport train yesterday evening.

The incidents occurred close to Claremorris train station.

 Gardai are investigating the incidents.

Passengers travelling on the Dublin to Westport evening train told Midwest News today that a teenage girl was assaulted in some manner by a male passenger on the train and the emergency alarm was sounded on the train, and about a mile outside Claremorris, the driver advised passengers that they would be stopping at the station.

The driver then came back through the train to assist the teenager and accompanied the man on to the platform.

The man subsequently physically assaulted the train driver, and a number of youths came to the train driver’s assistance and the assailant was detained until the gardai arrived. He was taken into custody.

Ambulances also arrived on the scene.

The train was delayed for close to two hours at Claremorris.

A number of listeners to Midwest news who were on board the train have questioned Iarnroid Eireann security in light of what occurred. It appeared to passengers that the only member of staff on the train was the driver.

Midwest news sought a comment on the incident from Iarnroid Eireann.

In a statement a spokesperson said they would not comment on security around a specific incident but did confirm that the Driver of the 18:15 Heuston Westport sustained injuries as a result of an assault last evening.

They say the gardaí in Claremorris are investigating.

The company says it take assaults against its staff very seriously, but stressed that they are extremely rare.

It has CCTV onboard all of its services for security reasons and communications buttons in each carriage.

The spokesperson said they are currently in the process of recruiting onboard customer service agents for intercity services, and added that violence towards staff or customers is taken extremely seriously.




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