“Cash fares for many Iarnród Éireann, Luas, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann services will increase from tomorrow.”
“Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said that level of the increases was “significantly less” than previous increases.”
““As Irish Rail, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus begin to get back on their feet again, because of more people using their services and because of additional investment from the Government, I am expecting that those sort of price increases that we saw in previous years are not repeated,” Mr Donohoe said.”
You may recall the assault on a man and a woman on the Number 40 bus near Old Kilmainham village, Dublin 8, in July of last year – the latter stages of which were filmed (above).
They found the guy.
And this happened.
The Irish Independent reports:
“A Dublin man who carried out a prolonged violent attack on two people in a row over a seat on a bus has received a three-year suspended sentence. [Peter] Harte of Kildonan Road, Finglas, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Pedro Mendez [from Portugal] and Gabriella Leon [from Mexico] at Old Kilmainham Road, Dublin on July 24, 2014.”
“Judge Desmond Hogan said Harte must carry out 240 hours voluntary work in the community as part of the suspended sentence and finish up participation with the Restorative Justice Programme. He also said Harte must also undergo drug, alcohol and anger management programmes if deemed suitable and ordered that the €1,500 he had raised as a token of remorse be passed on to the victims.”
“…He grabbed Mr Mendez’s long hair and got him into a headlock and whispered into his ear: “I’m going to kill you”. The victim pleaded with him, saying “Just let me go, I will get off the bus”.
“Ms Leon described Harte’s attack as being like a boxer in a fight. She called gardaí on her phone but Harte continued the attack. Ms Leon began recording the attack on her phone and when Harte saw her doing this he swung at her, knocking the phone away. He punched her face with a closed fist and continued punching her to the back of her head when she turned away from him to protect herself.”
Dublin Bus has given FIVE MORE pairs of tickets for the Dublin Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Tour to giveaway. Plus a pair for the South Coastal Tour and a pair for North Coastal Tour [see below for locations].
To enter, just answer this question
Name your favourite Dublin Bus journey and why.
Lines MUST close at 4.45pm Midnight tonight.
Winners (including last week’s Dublin Bus competition selection) will be notified in the morning.
With FIVE free tickets for the Dublin Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Tour [Plus a pair for the South Coastal Tour and a pair for North Coastal Tour) on offer, we asked:
Who is your favourite Dublin Bus driver?
You answered in your dozens.
But there could only be five passengers
Spud1: “The best Dublin Bus driver I have ever known is the driver who wore a Santa outfit on the 130 each Christmas Eve. I’m sometime a bit down on Christmas eve, but when I see the Santa driver, it really gives me a great Christmas cheer! Shame health and safety and banned this from now on :(”
Declan: “The best Dublin Bus driver I have ever known is Tom Kavanagh (Conyngham Road Depot). Tom was known to ALL on his routes (78A & 79). You would always leave Toms bus happier then you were when you got on.
When his bus pulled up to the bus stop and you’d see Tom behind the wheel you knew you where in for a bit of craic He’d always be on the Bus PA telling people which stop was next, slagging people and i even remember him singing 1 morning
But the fondest memories would be when Tom would be on Community Duties bringing school groups, football teams or community groups on outings. He brought my football team down to Brittas Bay years ago and even managed grab a brand new City Swift single deck bus to bring us down. He said his bosses “didn’t know he had it so we were to keep it clean”
A truly Great Man and i was saddened to hear of his passing in 2012. Although a Waterford Man he was a Dublin Icon growing up in the 90’s. Here is a photo of Tom (He’s the one on the left).”
Diarmuid O’Gorman: “The best Dublin Bus driver I have ever known is my uncle Michael, who always drives with no shoes on. True story.”
Markler: “The best Dublin Bus driver I have ever known is the lovely tall chap with glasses that I see on the 16 route sometimes. He has any amount of time to help tourists coming from the airport and always has a beaming smile. Even when he has to swap driver he makes sure the next driver knows when to give each person a shout for their stop. He’s one of the first Irish people tourists might meet and is a ringing endorsement for Dublin.”
Jonjo: “The best Dublin bus driver i have ever known is a man called Tony, lets call him Tony H – I played football with him, smashing keeper in his day. Not sure what route he does now, but he used to drive these very buses – Dublin sight seeing tours – and gave all the shpeel etc over the microphone. Anyway, legend has it (well my mate, the other subject of this story, backed it up (not the bus, the story, wha wha) Tony was driving the bus full of foreign tourists through town when he spotted my mate Keith’s van. Upon pulling up beside the bus, he told all the passengers on board that Keith was a very famous retired Irish international footballer and told everyone on the bus to wave at him. Loves a laugh does Tony :)”
Scottser: “The best bus driver i know used to take us to Malahide from the sands in Portmarnock on the 32 as a nixer- 50p each. we’d get a good hour’s extra underage binge drinking in, instead of waiting for the 32a. alas, it was a bullsh1t-fuelled, vomit-stained walk home though.”
Would you care to take an open-air ride around Dublin?
Dublin Bus have given FIVE pairs of tickets for the Dublin Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Tour to giveaway today and five more to do the same tomorrow. Plus a pair for the South Coastal Tour and a pair for North Coastal Tour [see below for locations] are among the bus booty.
Take a rural pal, invite your mother, see the city that always sleeps in as you’ve never seen her before.
To enter, Just complete this sentence.
‘The best Dublin Bus driver I have ever known is________________’
Lines MUST close at midnight tonight.
[Entrants may wish to include reasons for their choice of driver]
Meanwhile, about those tours.
Nigel Goggin writes:
Take the Dublin Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off tour and experience the best that Dublin has to offer. You’ll be charmed and entertained by the best (Fáilte Ireland accredited) guides in Dublin and you’ll hear fascinating stories and insights into the culture and history of the city.
With over 30 stops on two routes we’ll bring you to all the main Dublin attractions. Discover The Jeanie Johnston or The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on the Docklands route, or hop-off to visit Dublin Zoo, the Guinness Storehouse or The Book of Kells on the Original route.
The Coast & Castle tour will bring you to visit Malahide Castle and Howth Harbour, The Glendalough & Powerscourt Gardens tour will bring you south of the city to two of Ireland’s most stunning destinations. Both tours include a live commentary to keep you entertained en-route while enjoying the beautiful scenery along the coast of Dublin.
During the early morning commute, over 12% use that time to grab an extra ‘40 winks’. Otherwise 62% of us spend our time on the bus browsing the internet with 67% of sessions lasting between 20 and 60 minutes….
When scanning the faces of other bus passengers, 23% of us have said hello to someone we didn’t know…… and when we did see someone we knew, and didn’t want to talk to them, 21% of us have pretended to be on a phonecall
23% have admitted to having a crush on a fellow bus passenger and even 15% have gotten off at the wrong stop just to chat to somebody who is getting off. Elsewhere 31% of us have missed our stop because we fell asleep!
Nearly 70% (68%) of us remember our bus number from when we were a child and in what seems to be a unique attribute to Dublin, 90% of passengers always say thank you to their driver.