Irish Rail spends €350,000 cleaning graffiti off trains in 2015

1st of February 2016

Irish Rail spent €350,000 removing graffiti from trains in 2015, with latest figures showing a significant surge in the problem.

The company recorded 172 instances of graffiti in the Dublin suburban region in 2015 compared to 57 in 2014. Vandalism - targeted damage of property - also increased, going from 35 instances in 2014 to 79 last year.

Assistant station manager at Connolly Station Gavin Collins said there seems to be "a romantic notion that graffiti is a bit of art, a bit of Banksy. It's not. It's a blight on our community."

He told Dublin city councillors that graffiti is "probably the number one bane of my life" and said he believed the judiciary do not take the matter seriously.

Collins added graffiti was the most difficult criminal activity for Irish Rail on which to get a result in the courts. The issue is "very complex" and tends to involve underage offenders across the city.


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