paddywagon


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paddywagon

slang A large police van—or any police vehicle—used to transport criminals or suspects to prison. (Possibly offensive, as paddy is a slang pejorative for an Irish person.) Nearly two dozen looters were thrown into paddywagons by police forces trying to quell the riots. After Jeff got drunk and started assaulting a bouncer, he ended his night in the back of a paddywagon.
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Paddywagon vehicles have had windows smashed, tyres slashed and slogans painted on them.
So far this year, Paddywagon has had six "very costly" attacks on their coaches - and last summer a number of buses were burned out by thugs.
However, senseless vandalism makes Paddywagon and others reconsider.
Our experiences with Paddywagon are definitely not unique and it seems obvious secure parking for visitors would help tremendously.
Paddywagon, based in Dublin, brings mostly young Australian, American and European travellers on three and six-day tours of Ireland, north and south.
Joe Farrell, a driver with the Dublin- based Paddywagons company, said: "Those vehicles were carrying 39 tourists, all foreigners who wanted to see around Belfast.
Mine is a big green van with Paddywagons written on the side so it is fairly obvious where it is from.
Joe Farrell, a driver with the Dublin- based Paddywagons company, said: ''Those vehicles were carrying 39 tourists, all foreigners who wanted to see around Belfast.