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Poll: Should taxis be allowed to display signs of 'Irishness'?

Following the widespread reaction to TheJournal.ie’s exclusive investigation into green lights carried on top of some Dublin taxis, the Transport Minister has said that any sign to indicate that a driver is Irish is ‘inherently racist’.
May 15th 2012, 9:44 AM 8,027 180

THE AIRWAVES AND other press are alight today with reaction to TheJournal.ie‘s exclusive investigation yesterday into the increasing number of Dublin taxis carrying green lights.

Reporter Sineád O’Carroll’s investigation revealed that while some taxi drivers, and a taxi driver union, claimed the lights were simply an additional way to tell if a taxi was available for hire, several drivers told TheJournal.ie that the lights were to indicate to customers and other drivers when a taxi was being driven by an Irish national.

This morning, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said that any signs on Irish taxis – be it a light, or sticker – which are intended to indicate that a driver is Irish are “inherently racist” and “inherently xenophobic” and should be removed.

What do you think? Do you think taxis should be allowed to display a sign that it is being driven by an Irish national?


Poll Results:

Yes, I think that's fine (2096)
No, I don't think that's alright (2075)
I don't know (237)



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