Fintan O’Toole: A very basic truth is being dodged - the public realm has to be policed

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One in three of all public transport users in Ireland have experienced or witnessed some form of harassment or violence. File photograph: THE IRISH TIMES

One in three of all public transport users in Ireland have experienced or witnessed some form of harassment or violence. File photograph: THE IRISH TIMES

My father was a bus conductor. For younger readers, I might as well have written that he was an ostler or a lamplighter.

I recently saw a battered CIÉ ticket machine, similar to the one he slung over his shoulder like a machine gun, for sale on Ebay for $600. I suppose it qualifies as a quaint antique now.

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