Iarnród Éireann is to introduce on-the-spot fines to deter antisocial behaviour following a notable increase in incidents on trains and at stations since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Company spokesperson Jane Cregan said the fines are one response to the rise in cases and will reduce administration and costs incurred in taking people to court.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Ms Cregan said that the fines will supersede provisions under the Railway Safety Act 2005 that allow for a summons to be issued for anti-social behaviour or the consumption of alcohol on trains.

Authorised officers in Iarnród Éireann will undergo training so they can issue the fines for incidences outlined in the act, including threatening behaviour, acting under the influence of drugs or alcohol, vandalism or theft.

Over the bank holiday weekend, the company conducted a joint operation with gardaí on the DART and northern line services in the Dublin area in an attempt to tackle antisocial behaviour.

It resulted in the issuing of 48 fixed penalty notices for fare evasion and two arrests.

Ms Cregan said that the vast majority of people who travel on trains do so without causing any harm to others.