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Siptu claims its members were 'threatened with physical attack' during GAA train violence

There were disturbances on board the Dublin-Belfast train on Saturday.

The incident happened close to Drogheda Station.
The incident happened close to Drogheda Station.
Image: Flickr/WilliamMurphy

SIPTU HAS SAID that some of its members were “threatened with physical attack” during violence between GAA fans on a train at the weekend.

Gardaí were called to a disturbance on board a Dublin-Belfast train on Saturday night at about 10.20pm near Drogheda. Fans on board had been making their way back from the Tyrone-Armagh match in Croke Park.

No arrests were made but it was reported that a woman had been struck during the incident.

In a statement today, Siptu complained about what it says was the lack of enforcement of alcohol policies on board the train.

“Our members said that before boarding, a large number of passengers were clearly inebriated and carrying alcohol on to the train,” according to Siptu organiser Niall McNally.

“Women with children and elderly people complained to Enterprise staff and expressed grave concerns for their safety.”

The Siptu representative said that staff attempted to move passengers to different carriages but that the situation was beyond their training.

“SIPTU members were threatened with physical attack as they sought to defuse the situation and were placed in a position for which they are neither trained nor equipped to handle,” McNally said.

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