Ennis Train Station Becoming “Flashpoint” For Anti-Social Behaviour

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Concern has emerged that Ennis Train Station is becoming a “flashpoint” for anti-social behaviour.

Iarnród Eireann has appeared before a meeting of local representatives to address concerns over persistent illegal dumping and fly tipping at the site.

In the latest Irish Business Against Litter Report, Ennis Train Station was one of three areas in the town to be classed as “heavily littered”.


According to Ennis Tidy Towns, on one day alone last week sixteen bags of household rubbish and six bags of leaves were recovered from the site, shopping trollies were observed abandoned there and graffiti was removed.

In the first six months of 2023 alone, 44,000 passengers passed through the doors of Ennis Train Station.

Ennis Tidy Towns Chair and Fine Gael Councillor, Mary Howard believes the lack of maintenance is blighting a key entry point for visitors to the county.

Iarnród Eireann is now calling for further support from the local authority to combat what it’s described as a “severe spate” of fly tipping.

The public transport provider has appeared before a special meeting of Ennis Municipal District on foot of concerns raised over persistent littering at the site.

According to Ianród Eireann, millions of euro have been invested there in recent years and while a review of the CCTV system is currently underway, a number of blackspots still exist near Station Court.

Business Development Manager Jim Dempsey says the situation is extremely disappointing for staff and customers.

A number of Councillors also raised concerns over anti-social behavior incidents at the Station, following an incident in August which saw criminal damage caused to a number of vehicles.

Ennis Station Master, Philip Conway insists additional security measures have been put in place and they’re committed to making Ennis a world class facility.

You can listen to the full interview here: