App firm offers bonus to sign up taxi drivers
Hailo, the app which matches taxis to passengers, is offering new drivers a €200 sign-up bonus in a bid to cope with a surge in demand.
Hailo general manager Tim Arnold said he is predicting the "busiest winter ever" for taxis.
That reflects a wider economic recovery, with "phenomenal growth in corporate, airport and hospitality businesses with thousands of hotel guests now being carried by Hailo drivers each week", he said.
September 2016 has been busier than the run up to Christmas and New Year's Eve 2015, Mr Arnold said.
Hailo users generated 16 million journeys in Ireland last year, he said. With that tally set to rise the company is seeking to boost driver numbers to meet the level of demand.