Irish Rail condemn 'appalling' intimidation after lads chant 'let's rape her' as woman leaves train

By Marita Moloney

Irish Rail have condemned an "appalling incident of verbal abuse and intimidation" that occurred on one of their trains on Wednesday night.

Dublin TD Alan Farrell spoke out after he witnessed the shocking event while travelling home on the DART.

He said that as a woman was leaving the train, he heard a group of men chant "let's rape her".

The Fine Gael politician "felt compelled" to share his shock at what he observed, and said that "toxic masculinity" is prevalent in our society.

He shared the story of what happened on Twitter, writing: "I don’t think I’ve ever felt compelled to tweet about such things, but from my journey home tonight on the DART, we have a very long way to go to ensure toxic masculinity is eradicated from our society.

Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell (Gareth Chaney/Collins)

"Chants of 'let’s rape her' were heard amongst lads, after lone women existed the train, before our final destination. I even checked with fellow passengers if I had heard wrong. I was criticised for highlighting it, on egress.

"Such a depressing event, such young men. Supposedly in touch with what it means to be a 21st century man."

Deputy Farrell said that he then confronted the group, adding that there is "no excuse" for such behaviour.

"These were locals, no question. Some acknowledged it when I confronted them at Malahide, and I thank them for at least acknowledging the issue, others had a go at me for *my* politics. They especially, have a long way to go," he said.

"Toxic masculinity is where bravado takes over and decency has no meaning. There was no excuse for it, especially given it was issued in hushed tones, after the women had left the train; but not all women; some remained."

Irish Rail said they have been in contact with the TD to gather more information on the incident and they hope to work with the gardai and review CCTV footage.

A spokesperson told the Irish Mirror: "We contacted Deputy Farrell earlier this morning to get further information, so we can review CCTV and liaise with Gardaí on this appalling incident of verbal abuse and intimidation. Deputy Farrell has been in contact to provide us with this."

The spokesperson added that Irish Rail has security teams tasked with patrolling trains and stations regularly, particularly in the evenings.

"We have up to 20 security teams patrolling our stations and services daily, with greater focus on evening services. Our central security hub ensures stations are live monitored, and reports from security teams, staff or customers via our text alert systems are responded to as appropriate, with security support or garda intervention where required," they said.


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