Bus travelling through Rathnew forced to stop following release of pepper spray onboard

A bus that was travelling through Rathnew in the direction of Dublin last week was forced to halt its journey after what is thought to be pepper spray was released onboard.

The bus, which is operated by Bus Éireann, pulled in at its usual Rathnew stop on Thursday, which is located beside the former St. Ernan’s school site after the pepper spray or mace was released.

It’s understood a number of passengers were injured from the incident and were treated at the scene for respiratory issues and stinging eyes by medics from the National Ambulance Service.

An Garda Síochána were called to the scene and WicklowNews.Net has reached out to the force for comment on the incident.

A representative for Bus Éireann said “thankfully no serious injuries occurred” and it “regrets the impact of this incident on our customers”.

They continued: “Bus Éireann does not tolerate any act of aggressive or abusive behaviour towards our employees or customers. We continue to invest significantly to deliver our commitment to provide a safe environment for all of those who use our services. Customer research shows that 93 per cent of Bus Éireann customers feel safe and secure during their journeys.

“Bus Éireann takes each incident very seriously. All are investigated by Bus Éireann in liaison with An Garda Síochána if necessary. All vehicles are fitted with internal and external CCTV cameras.”

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