Quote "The late night bus service must be one of the most successful transport initiatives introduced in Dublin. Anytime I have used them (which has been a lot) they have been extremely busy."
I'm not so sure that they are Extremely busy, yes they run at a profit but only because the fares are much higher.
Most nitelinks in my experience have about 30 passengers this is not enough to justify trams with a capacity of 200+ passengers on purely commercial grounds.
Quote "There is massive demand for late night transport - just look at the queues for taxis"
Getting a taxi hasn't been easier in a decade, deregulation of the taxi market has now been halted because taxi drivers were threatening in many cases doing other things. Where they could have a reliable source of income. Not trying to defend taxi drivers they had enough gravy, but if the bottom fell out of the market they'd all exit and persue other careers
I am in favour of late night LUAS but I wonder will a private operator run the service at a loss. Which I am sure it would be from Sunday to Thursday, not too many passengers to the Naas Rd at 3AM on a tuesday night.