Local Councillor, Charlie O’Connor, has again called for strong action to be taken to prevent the stoppages of bus services to Tallaght estates particularly in relation to the 27 bus service to Jobstown.
He was referring to the fact that anti-social behaviour and other incidents have created a situation where the bus service to Jobstown has been curtailed several times recently. He said that these matters are raised at every monthly meeting of the Dublin Bus Community Forum, of which he is a member, and which is attended by Tallaght Gardai, Dublin Bus management and unions, Community representatives and local politicians. The NBRU planned to stop the service completely on the recent General Election day but that action was subsequently deferred because of guarantees from the Gardai and Dublin Bus management which arose from the intervention of Charlie O’Connor and other local politicians.
According to Charlie O’Connor, everything possible should be done to protect the bus services to our community and he believes that action must be taken to deal with the problems being created by these incidents especially involving young people. He added that Dublin Bus crews and their passengers are entitled to be safe from stone throwing and other anti-social behaviour activities. He has called on the Gardai and Dublin Bus management to co-operate in respect of increased security for buses in the area and he believes that the 27 bus service should be targeted specifically to stamp out these incidents. He intends to raise the matter once again at the March meeting of the Dublin Bus Community Forum and will also ask that the Forum make a particular call to members of the local community who know who are causing these problems and jeopardising the bus service.