Have you seen those green lights on the roofs of taxis? TheJournal.ie investigation indicates some are being used to signal to the public – and to other drivers – that the vehicles are being driven by Irish nationals.
A RANDOM CHECK of 100 taxi drivers in Galway one night showed that 20% were not tax compliant. Speaking to the Oireachtas transport committee yesterday, Norman Gillanders, assistant secretary of the Revenue Commissioners said the check reflected other checks carried out in other parts of Ireland.
Mr Gillanders said “we’ve done these checkpoints all around the country” and “when the checkpoints appear certainly the taxi traffic thins out quickly”.
Frank Fahey, chairman of the committee said: ““I think the fact that so many people disappear when such an exercise takes place, does prove the point that has been made time and again, by legitimate full-time taxi operators . . . and it will certainly help to keep the cowboys out of the business.”
Yesterday, Taxi Regulator Kathleen Doyle announced a four-week public consultation process to review taxi fares. The public can make submissions online and the outcomes will be announced in September.
FRANCE HAS BECOME the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage after President Francois Hollande signed the measure into law today following months of bitter political debate.
In Ireland last month, 79 per cent of delegates at the Constitutional Convention voted in favour of same-sex marriage but the Government will hold off on a referendum until next year despite the overwhelming support.
It comes two years after the legalisation of Civil Partnership.
Is another year too long for a referendum on gay marriage? Or, are you opposed to the idea entirely?
So today, we want to know what do you think. Would you welcome the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Ireland today, similar to France?
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