Thieves trying to steal beer kegs derail a goods train at Inchicore in Dublin.
A freight train travelling from North Wall in Dublin to Cork stopped near Kylemore Bridge in Inchicore. A man boarded the train with the intention of throwing beer kegs to an accomplice. During the robbery, a keg rebounded under the train's wheels. The wagon carrying the beer was derailed and a second came close.
Afterwards missing kegs were found at intervals along the track where they probably would have been collected if the raid had not gone so badly wrong.
A man in his twenties who is not an employee of Iarnród Éireann was found near the track with head injuries and was treated at St James’s Hospital. Nobody has been detained for involvement in this incident but gardaí say a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecution and charges may follow.
Local businesses want more support from An Garda Síochána but also believe Iarnród Éireann should take control of the situation.
Iarnród Éireann admits the theft is suspicious. Corporate Communications Manager at Iarnród Éireann Barry Kenny says the firm Group 4 Security has been employed by the company,
To ensure that we have our trains and our client’s products monitored at all times.
Some sources say between 15-20 kegs a week can go missing but Iarnród Éireann say this is an overestimate.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 October 1995. The reporter is Peter Cluskey.