Originally Posted by ocian
I have to agree with you, out of all the countries in Europe I have visited and travelled by train, Irish Rail RPU staff (both on trains and on the barriers in Heuston & Connolly) are by far the most aggressive and sometimes downright rude.
By the same token, of all the countries in Europe, with the possible exception of England, Ireland has the highest proportion of aggressive and downright rude individuals among the general population.
As I said before, this is the first time I've ever seen RPU staff on a train and I thought their behaviour was reasonable. I can't speak for the wider experience as I personally think it is absurd how rarely my ticket is checked by either rude or nice staff.