MEP Marian Harkin critical of Iarnród Éireann’s unsafe and overcrowded train service running through Longford

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Alan Walsh

MEP Marian Harkin critical of Iarnród Éireann’s unsafe and overcrowded train service running through Longford

Overcrowding on the Sligo / Dublin train on Friday evening. Photo: @MarianHarkin

Independent MEP Marian Harkin took to Twitter yesterday evening to highlight overcrowding issues on the Sligo / Dublin train.

And she subsequently took her criticism of Iarnród Éireann a step further by describing the train carriages as ‘not safe’.

The Ireland Midlands-North-West representative in the European Parliament, via her Twitter account @MarianHarkin, claimed there were at least sixty people standing in every carriage on the Sligo/Dublin train, adding that it was ‘not safe’.

Iarnród Éireann promptly responded by apologising to the MEP via their verified twitter account @IrishRail.

Iarnród Éireann suggested they were ‘utilising all available carriages’, adding that they are ‘currently running an extra service from Longford on Sundays’.

Saying the situation was ‘literally not safe’, Ms Harkin queried if it was a Friday issue? And she concluded by urging Iarnród Éireann to put on extra carriages to Longford or a train to Mullingar only.


The exchange on Twitter….

Marian Harkin @MarianHarkin

Every carriage Sligo/Dublin train same 60 ppl standing(at least!)not safe


Iarnród Éireann @IrishRail  

@MarianHarkin Apologies. We're utilising all available carriages at present. We currently running an extra service from Longford on Sundays


Marian Harkin@MarianHarkin  

It's literally not safe.A Friday issue?could you not put on extra carriages to Longford or train 2 Mullingar only @IrishRail @SligoChampion