Saturday 22 October 2016

Cleaning up graffiti costs Irish Rail €250k so far this year

A worker cleaning graffiti from trains
A worker cleaning graffiti from trains

Graffiti on trains has cost the taxpayer €250,000 so far this year - and may rise to €500,000 by the end of 2015.

Iarnrod Eireann spokeswoman Rita Butterly said the company had to put some of the damage caused to their trains on display in an effort to show people how much the repair costs.

"We want to try and stamp it out as much as possible and show people it's a waste of money.

"This money could be spent in other ways," she said.

Currently, trains are being graffitied on a "regular basis" - often up to two or three times a week.

Gavin Collins, assistant station manager at Dublin's Connolly Station, pointed out the effect of all that graffiti.

"When you're spray-painting a train you're taking a train out of service, you're inconveniencing the passengers and you're inconveniencing the public.

"We're highlighting it here - €250,000 to date - that money could have been invested in giving the customer a better service if we did not have to defer time and resources into dealing with this," Mr Collins said.

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