Bus Eireann investigates report of couple shooting up on Cork bus
Two heroin users were seen 'shooting up' on a bus in Cork city in recent days, according to the Evening Echo.
Bus Éireann are investigating the incident after a passenger on the Number 8 bus from Mayfield to Parnell Place saw the incident at around 11.15am on Friday morning.
The passenger, who does not want to be identified, said: “They were a man and a woman in their 20s and they were injecting heroin in their arms. There were children and older people on the bus at the time. It was disgraceful — some people were nervous.”
He added: “Nobody wants to see something like this happening while travelling on a bus.”
Gardaí estimate that there are between 20 and 30 heroin users in the city who currently inject the drug.
In the past year, receptacles for syringes used by heroin addicts were placed in the toilets on the Grand Parade.
A syringe and spoon used for heroin were also found in a church there in recent months.
A spokesman for Bus Éireann said the company was not aware of the incident and had not been made aware of it at the time by the passenger.
But he said a trawl of CCTV footage from buses on the route is now underway to establish the facts.
Any evidence would lead to a report being made to gardaí.
Independent councillor Mick Finn said the incident signals another negative spiral in heroin use in Cork.
He said: “I was informed by a disgusted member of the public that a passenger was shooting up on the No 8 bus on a mid-morning journey, in front of small children and older people. It’s difficult for Bus Eireann to combat this, but it must be addressed; ‘ordinary’ passengers must be able to get the bus without having to put up with this.”