The bus driver has been praised by a passenger for his reaction to the incident
Passengers returning from Pride celebrations in the city centre on a private coach service were subject to vile homophobic abuse, it has emerged.
The incident happened on a bus travelling from Dublin city centre to Drogheda on Saturday evening.
A passenger on the bus told the Irish Independent that shortly after it made its on time departure a fight broke out between several men at the back of the vehicle.
It forced the driver to stop on Gardiner Street and call the gardai but due to the demand on a Saturday night they were told it would be some time before they could attend the scene.
She said: "Two lads came to my attention earlier as there was quite a large queue for the bus, they barged passed people quite aggressively to get on. The two of them attacked some other people down near the back of the bus.
"People were shouting at the driver to stop the bus which he then did. He went down the bus to attempt to break up the fight but no effect. He came back up to the bus and called the gardaí and opened the bus doors so that those around the fight could get off if they so wished."
The passenger said that the two lads who attacked other passengers then made their way down the bus and started verbally abusing other passengers with homophobic slurs.