Bus driver sustains cuts in Limerick city attack

Fintan Walsh

Reporter:

Fintan Walsh

A Bus Eireann driver sustained minor injuries  after an attack on Hyde Road last Friday evening
A CITY bus service has been suspended temporarily after a bus driver sustained cuts in an attack on Hyde Road on Friday evening.

A CITY bus service has been suspended temporarily after a bus driver sustained cuts in an attack on Hyde Road on Friday evening.

According to a spokesperson for Bus Éireann, an incident of anti-social behaviour caused four glass panels to be broken along the driver’s window, causing his injury. No passengers were hurt as a result of the incident.

The spokesperson stated that to “ensure the safety of our passengers and drivers”, the Route 301 service will not operate via Hyde Road after 3pm each evening until further notice. This remains in place.

Cllr Maurice Quinlivan, who condemned the attack, said it as believed that those involved claimed it was a response to the impoundment of three horses in the area that morning.

“If this is the case then the Gardaí need to act urgently and ensure that this does not happen again and that those responsible are made to account for their actions,” he said.

He said that he was contacted by a number of bus drivers and local residents about the incident, adding that the damage is “estimated to run into thousands of euro”.

He said that this service is “very important” for elderly residents who depend on it to access the city centre to do shopping and other business.

A spokesperson for Limerick City and County Council said that gardaí organised the call out to impound three horses in Clarina Avenue, but was not able to confirm on what grounds the horses were seized.

Gardai said that the seized horses were not licensed and were seen on public lands.

In order for the owners to reclaim the horses, they must apply to the council with relevant documentation and fees.