Mum of woman stabbed in Blanchardstown supports petition to get bus stop moved

Mum of woman stabbed in Blanchardstown supports petition to get bus stop moved
Gwen Jackson with her daughter Alice Ridsdale-Dooner

A petition to relocate a West Dublin bus stop has been supported by the mum of a young Co Meath woman, who was stabbed during a mugging on Saturday evening.

The victim's mum, Gwen Jackson, who has spoken out in an effort to highlight the ongoing problems at the bus stop, said her daughter was left traumatised by the attack.

Alice Ridsdale-Dooner, 20, was waiting at the bus stop, which is on a slipway, for the 105 bus home to Ratoath from Blanchardstown when a man jumped from the bushes at around 8pm.

"She had just been at the cinema with a friend who got the 109 bus home from the same stop moments earlier," said Gwen.

"A young man wearing a grey hoodie and a bandana came out of the bushes, grabbed her and threatened her with what looked like a bread knife.

"He said he would stab her if she didn't give him her bag so she did but he knew somehow that she had her phone in her pocket and demanded that too.

"He may have been watching from the bushes and saw her put it away.

"In the struggle for her phone, he cut her hand and then ran off when two local girls came along to help her.

"The bus was coming up the slipway too at the time. The two young girls, also from Ratoath, sat with her on the bus to make sure she was ok and brought her home right to the door.

"The bus driver did ask her if she wanted him to stop at a garda station but she just wanted to go home.

She's very upset and traumatised by it all. It's an open wound on her hand but it's ok.

Gwen rang both Blanchardstown and Ashbourne gardai on Saturday evening and officially reported the incident at Blanchardstown on Sunday.

The bus stop where the incident occurred. Photo via Google Maps.
The bus stop where the incident occurred. Photo via Google Maps.

Gwen is urging everyone to sign the petition, started six months ago in an effort to get the bus stop relocated.

"It's so dangerous there. The bus stop is so badly lit up and isolated from anywhere.

"It's a stop that is used by a lot of students who commute to Blanchardstown from Meath and Louth."

The bus stop serves the 105 bus for Ashbourne, Ratoath and Drogheda while the 109 goes to Dunshaughlin, Navan and Kells.

Local peace commissioner and chair of the East Meath and North Dublin Bus Users Association Andrew Ralph has been campaigning to get the bus stop moved for a number of months.

Andrew Ralph, chair of the East Meath and North Dublin Bus Users Association.
Andrew Ralph, chair of the East Meath and North Dublin Bus Users Association.

"In March 2016, Bus Eireann decided to change the bus routes without any consultation with the public and moved this bus stop to a slip road which has no shelter, security or CCT, is dimly lit and waiting passengers are sitting ducks for crime," he said.

"Most of the waiting passengers are either senior citizens or young people who have to walk up to 20 minutes to get to it.

"Over the months, a number of women have contacted me to say that that men have pulled up at the bus stop and tried to coerce them to get into their cars.

There are huge safety issues here and you can't even see the bus stop at night, it's so badly lit up."

Bus Eireann have to sit up and take note of the dangers that the location of this bus stop poses. It has been raised with Bus Eireann representatives at two public meetings in the last ten months.

Just a few months ago, a number of teens were mugged near the stop on their way to catch a bus home in mid-July.

In a statement, Bus Eireann said: “Bus Éireann northbound routes out Dublin do not service Blanchardstown SC, due to major congestion issues there, and the majority of customers on-board are travelling further to destinations in Meath or Louth and beyond.

"We do have a pick-up stop on the slipway road to service the area, and also ensure overall journey time reliability. Bus stop locations are also overseen by the NTA & local authorities. Lighting in public areas such as bus stops is provided by local authorities.

"The Gardaí are responsible for dealing with anti-social behaviour nationwide and the company co-operate if any incidents arise across the network.

"We currently have no official reports of this alleged incident.”

The petition can be accessed here.

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