Iarnrod Eireann is not fit to provide rail services to the public. That’s the view of Castlebar Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

The councillor has been speaking to Midwest News today in light of assault incidents that have occurred on the Westport to Dublin train on two separate occasions over the past number of days.

On Saturday evening last an incident developed on the 5.45 Westport to Dublin service, after it stopped at Tullamore.  At least one person was injured.

Four men in their twenties were arrested after Gardai later boarded the train at Sallins. Two of the four were released on bail and the other two were remabnded in custody to appear before Naas District court today.

While on Thursday evening last, the Dublin to Westport train was held up for almost two hours at Claremorris after a train driver and a young female passenger were attacked by a male passenger.The male passenger was arrested and later taken to the Mayo Adult Health Unit.

The train driver was the only staff member of Iarnrod Eireann on the train on Thursday evening.

Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that the company is not fit to provide a rail service to the public.

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