GARDAI have confirmed they are investigating claims by a young woman that she was viciously raped by a taxi driver as she tried to get home from a night out in Dublin’s city centre.
Gardai are treating the allegations as serious and have launched a full investigation into the incident that occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The 20-year-old student told detectives that she got into a taxi after socialising with friends at Copper Face Jacks nightclub on Harcourt Street on Monday night.
She has said that the driver of the licensed car took her to the Phoenix Park in Dublin instead of bringing her back to her flat in north Dublin.
According to her account, the man then raped her at a location near to the Wellington Monument just after 1.30am on Tuesday morning.
The taxi man, a Dubliner in his 40s, has been in contact with gardai and has said that the sex between the two was consensual.
However, detectives believe that the student may have been too drunk to consent.
It is understood the taxi man had put his number into the woman’s phone that night with the intention of meeting up with her again.
Following the incident, the young woman passed the driver’s licence plate details and phone number on to gardai.
They have spoken to the taxi man but he has not been arrested.
The female student is expected to give a formal statement later today.