Coach station plagued by anti-social behaviour

The proprietors of the Galway city centre coach station have had to employ a private security company to try and deal with a spate of anti-social behaviour activity in the area over the past few months.

A senior spokesperson for the HeadSpace company – which owns and operates the coach station – told the Galway City Tribune, that they were facing problems with anti-social behaviour on an ongoing basis over the past year or so.

Oisin O’Brien, Group Operations Director with HeadSpace said that the station – located on Fairgreen Road – because of its 24/7 opening hours to facilitate bus users, had also been frequented by people involved in anti-social behaviour.

“In the past we’ve had to call the Gardaí on numerous occasions but over the last few months we had no choice but to employ a private security company to deal with the situation,” said Mr O’Brien.

He said that as well as the help of the Gardaí, they also needed the assistance of the City Council in terms of taking certain steps to help curtail anti-social behaviour in and around the Coach Station.

A spokesperson for Galway City Council said that while anti-social behaviour around the Coach Station – as in any other part of the city – was a matter of concern to them, the issue of security inside the facility was one for the proprietors.

“We do have concerns if we hear of anti-social behaviour in any part of the city and where issues such as public order arise, we would urge people to report this to An Garda Síochána,” said the City Council spokesperson.

The HeadSpace company have also had to put in place increased security measures in their public car-park opposite the Coach Station, including an intercom system for customers accessing the facility from evening until the early morning period.