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Monday 20 August 2018

Luas drivers facing more racist abuse

LUAS drivers and staff are being subjected to a rising level of racist abuse, it has been claimed.

As the economy has progressively worsened, the number of racist incidents on the network has gone up, the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) warned.

It came as security on the Luas was dramatically increased to combat antisocial behaviour.

Luas operator Veolia Transport stationed security personnel on the service from 10am until the last tram, seven days a week.

Drivers and staff on the Red and Green Lines were threatened almost 100 times last year.

Racist comments were the most common form of abuse.

"We have increased security on the Luas Red Line," a spokeswoman for Veolia said.

"The security starts at 10am and continues until the last tram at night.

"We have also increased the garda support.

"Gardai are travelling on the Luas Red Line on Thursday, Friday and Saturday," she added.

comurphy@herald.ie

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