by Bronagh Loughlin

 

If every picture tells a story then the camera never lies.

Two days ago Meath Live revealed one woman’s horror description of travelling on an overcrowded D2 service  between Drogheda and Laytown last Thursday afternoon.

Our exclusive picture showed a large number of school going youngsters standing on the packed service, with no signs of face masks or social distancing as required by current Covid-19 regulations, and even more worryingly, none of them seemed to be wearing seat belts as required by law.

Today we publish exclusive video footage from inside the jammed vehicle.

Minister of State for European Affairs , and local Fianna Fail TD, Thomas Byrne, also criticized Bus Eireann over the incident.

He said, ‘Clearly they should be enforcing the regulations in regards to the wearing of masks and social distancing, and in a county that experienced a bus tragedy previously when a number of school children died in a crash at Kentstown it is worrying to see youngsters being allowed stand and not wearing seat belts.

‘It would be my opinion that Bus Eireann should have extra buses on at this time of day when they are at, or close to capacity, they certainly have the buses available to them as this is heavily serviced route.’

A spokesperson for Bus Eireann said, ‘Bus Éireann takes complaints of this nature very seriously and adherence to public health measures is a priority.

‘We encourage customers to make complaints to our Bus Éireann Customer Care department who can be contacted on 1850 836 611or by email:CustomerCare@buseireann.ie ‘.