Dublin Taxi Protest, Feb 2nd 8:30 am

January 30th, 2009

I saw this poster advertising the protest at the rank on St Stephens Green, hopefully it lasts the weekend.

I wonder who put it up???

protest poster

I’ve had six posters printed up for the march itself, exactly the same size as the one above, saying;

  • TOO MANY TAXIS ( X2 )
  • WE’RE KATHY’S CLOWNS ( X2 )
  • MINIMUM WAGE ? WE WISH! ( X2 )

Hopefully there’ll be someone there to give them to?

Or maybe I should get these two to carry them for me,  they might grab some attention?

Meanwhile I’ve been told that Gardai will arrange car parking for protesters, at the following areas

Northside-Western way (the black church)

Southside-Merrion sq south,


32 Responses to “Dublin Taxi Protest, Feb 2nd 8:30 am”

  1. Panelon 30 Jan 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I’ll gladly take one off ya roy, It seems this will be the biggest protest march since the De-reg protests. People i know are telling me about it and they’re not even in the game, good thing i think!

  2. Royon 30 Jan 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I’ll believe it when I see it, but here’s hoping! (will you take a bogey sticker too?)

  3. gerryon 30 Jan 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I seen a fella on the Stephen’s Green rank on wednesday night at 330am ,he was in a silver Hyundai Sonata ,I glanced over and I noticed his right arm was moving vigourously .Roy was that you ? I know we all can get bored on a rank,but c’mon man
    theres a time and a place for everything.

  4. Royon 30 Jan 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Hmmm I wonder what I was doing?

  5. silverbulleton 30 Jan 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I’ll have a bogey sticker, pullleeeeze!

  6. Royon 30 Jan 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Sure thing Silver!

  7. laineygon 30 Jan 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Of all the days… I need to get from Rathmines to Heuston for 9 with my computer and various bits and bobs for work, and in reality a taxi is my only option. Was. I’ll be cursing you all Monday morning!

  8. Royon 30 Jan 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I don’t think you’ll have any trouble Lainey

  9. gerryon 30 Jan 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Ok Roy I’ll dream up the excuse for you ,I think You were playing with a Nintendo DS or erm , your blackberry ?

  10. supershadowon 30 Jan 2009 at 9:08 pm

    below are the jedi commandments that are to be followed by all star wars fans effective immediately
    (these commandments were done by george lucas and supershadow collectively)

    1. thou shalt not question the infallibility of george lucas or his creations

    explaination: lucas can only make things that are total in their perfection. if
    a star wars film fails at the box office , it is not a failing of lucas.
    REMEMBER: George lucas cannot make mistakes!!! It is the fault of you the fans
    by not going to the cinema enough.

    2. thou shalt spend at least 20 per cent of income per month on star wars merchandise

    explaination: a true star wars fan will always ensure the star wars story is continually sold.
    We must ensure that our money gets to lucasfilm. We owe it to george lucas. he has
    only you (the star wars fan)’s interest at heart.
    remember when passing a toy shop,do go in and buy star wars merchandise(figureens, star
    wars books etc). do not think of the money , only that you honour lucas with each
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    3. thou shalt always ensure to the best of my ability that all new star wars releases are box office
    smash hits

    Explaination: a true star wars fan will go to any new star wars film in the cinema at least
    30 times!!!. It is imperative that you take time off work, start at the 3:30 showing and then
    all the repeat showings until the cinema closes. If all star wars fans obeyed this commandment
    all future star wars films would knock titanic off the top pedestal
    If you are unable to get time off work, simply calculate the cost of going 30 times and send
    this amount to supershadow.com

    4. do shalt within my lifetime visit lucasfilm (skywalker ranch) at least once.

    Explaination: true star wars fans are obliged to visit sky walker ranch which is the birth place of jedi
    when there, please do all the guided tours (their is a discount if all taken together)
    however if a star wars fan is coming close to the end of his/her life and has not yet made the
    pilgrimage, he/she must leave at least 20 per cent of they’re estate at death to george lucas
    and lucas film. lucas will remember that person as if they had made the pilgrimage

    5. Thou shalt not suffer anyone to ridicule star wars or george lucas

    Explaination: a true star wars fan will not suffer the star wars story, movies , characters, special effects to be ridiculed
    by the foolish. ie should a friend or family member ridicule jar jar binks, you must disown that person even
    though they may be your flesh and blood. lucas expects nothing less. dont not use violence-just walk away.
    the jedi religion is a religion of peace.

  11. Royon 30 Jan 2009 at 9:14 pm

    @gerry, yeah nintendo that was it
    @Supershadow, should I delete this crap?

  12. Brenon 31 Jan 2009 at 6:59 am

    Get off de booze shadow and get back in the Taxi.
    6. Drink plenty of Lucas..ade?

  13. benon 31 Jan 2009 at 7:36 pm

    is this gonna be a walking protest on Tuesday? if so why? why don’t we drive our cars (slowly) beeping our horns making ourselves heard , instead of the usual “what do we eh not want ? more taxi plates . when do we not want them ? ages ago” . we can all drive at 20 kph in the left lane only . if someone hails one of us pick them up and use the right lane to transport them , we need the public on our side and strikes do not help any one least of all the drivers . and every taxi should have at least 2 old age pensioners on board because by jaysus the heads at Dail eireann are afraid of their shite to upset them .p.s. i wonder how many of our non national brethren will join us ? just a thought .

  14. Royon 31 Jan 2009 at 7:44 pm

    @bren, ah leave him alone he’s harmless
    @ben, walking. I’m hoping for as big a turn out as possible with as little disruption as possible, that would be the best scenario for our cause

  15. DC Cab Rideron 31 Jan 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Your protests are much more interesting than ours in DC. We just get a few hundred people marching on the capitol with dull and witless signs.

  16. Panelon 31 Jan 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Roy i’ll gladly take one.

  17. benon 31 Jan 2009 at 8:49 pm

    roy im a taxi driver the last 11 years . . . . . . i,ll never be able to walk that bleedin far ha ha

  18. benon 31 Jan 2009 at 9:02 pm

    im off out to the sespit that is dublin of a saturday night please god i,ll earn some paltry sum to enable me to pay some bills and lads my words of wisdom tonight are ye know your being ripped off when a penny jelly costs 2 pence . keep the peace and i,ll be there monday mornin

  19. paton 01 Feb 2009 at 9:39 pm

    i think we should drive. The famers drove their tractors round dublin.Everybody should come into town to work not protest and if enough taxis enter the city centre at 8 30 that will show people that there are too many of us .

  20. Amadan9999on 02 Feb 2009 at 12:20 am

    @Pat Are you a new driver?
    Dont you remember Tommy Gorman asked us all to that about 2 years ago “To show the regulator there are too many taxis on the streets”.What happened???? A complete disaster as usual.Tomorrow is a march.Hopefully 1000’s turn up

  21. Brenon 02 Feb 2009 at 7:18 am

    It’s 6.30 Am. Have to see the Doctor today but I am going to the Day Drivers organised rally.
    I have worked till 4 A.M. for pittance.
    It is snowing but the Passat will tolerate the zero conditions.
    I hope I am not the only one there.

  22. Royon 02 Feb 2009 at 7:58 am

    just heading out now , I hope the bus is running? snow in the garden

  23. gerryon 02 Feb 2009 at 7:02 pm

    hi lads.took part in the march tis morn parked my car on merrion sq when all the talkin over and ever one leaving head back to car start it up and slip round to green rank park for 5min then get abused by 2 groups of drivers passing bye shouting scabe scabe scabe. now for any tosser out there iam the gentleman with the pipe in my gob. cop on lads

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