THE cost of policing the Luas system is now running at €1.5m every year – 5c for every passenger journey.
That’s a significant spend, with much of the resources devoted to tackling anti-social behaviour on trams.
It should, of course, be stated that the vast majority of passenger journeys on the Luas – Green line or Red line – are safe.
However, this paper has previously reported on anti-social behaviour, particularly on the Red Line.
In the past these have ranged from passengers openly injected drugs, to aggressive begging at Luas stops, to threats against staff and other passengers.
Luas operator Transdev Ireland is spending money to deal with these issues and it has said it has not witnessed any increase in drug activity or anti-social behaviour in recent months. Nonetheless, the problem persists.
The Luas is expected to return to profitability this year.
Will some of these profits be invested in increased security?
Exporting our doctors
SOME 282 doctors graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland yesterday, the biggest group of medical students to be conferred to date.
These individuals have all received a top medical education and are entitled to feel proud of their achievement.
But how many of them work in Ireland?
A NUIG survey earlier this year revealed that an astounding 90pc of Irish medical students are considering emigration after they qualify.
Better career opportunities and working conditions abroad were among the top reasons given for their plans to leave Ireland.
Why is this? Is it simply an issue of pay? Or excessive working hours? Is it something that can be fixed?
The Government must address these questions. Training and replacing doctors is very expensive. We should not be exporting our medical talent