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Ellis calls for urgent intervention to resolve taxi dispute

9 March, 2010

Cllr Dessie Ellis has called on the Minister for the Environment Noel Dempsey to intervene as a matter of urgency to resolve the dispute which has led to a sit in by members of the Irish Taxi Council at the Office of the Commission for Taxi regulation in Fitzwilliam square.

Speaking this afternoon Councillor Ellis said:

“I have spoken to the men who are engaged in the occupation and I am concerned about the potential for an escalation of this dispute. The situation for full time taxi drivers has deteriorated seriously in recent months and for many drivers their livelihood is now at risk. This is what has led to today’s actions.

“Despite the deteriorating situation in recent months the Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey has done nothing to bring this situation to a conclusion. It is clear that immediate intervention from the Minister is necessary to prevent a further escalation of this dispute.

“It is quite clear that the deregulation of the taxi licensing regime had been a complete failure. The Minister needs to face this reality even if the Commissioner cannot.” ENDS

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