Hundreds of full-time taxi drivers demonstrated outside the Dail over government changes which are pushing them to "breaking point".
About 350 drivers brought traffic around Kildare Street and Dawson Street to a standstill yesterday in a protest over a range of issues, which included the reduction in the number of ranks around the city. Jim Waldron, of the National Private Hire and Taxi Association, which organised the protest, said drivers were also unhappy about the relaxation of the rules for wheelchair taxis that would allow for cheaper, smaller, older vehicles and would hugely increase the number of taxis.
EXPLOSION ROCKS FLATS
ONE person was seriously injured when a gas cooker exploded in a block of apartments in last night.
The explosion happened at O'Rahilly House, Ringsend, Dublin, at about 10.15pm and the building had to be evacuated. Fire brigade personnel and paramedics rushed to the scene and one person who was seriously injured was taken to St Vincent's Hospital. The area was cordoned off for examination by dangerous building experts.
'FREE TRIAL' WARNING
CONSUMERS should beware of signing up to "free trials" that turn out to be pricey scams, a watchdog has warned.
The European Consumer Centre (ECC) in Ireland said there had been a 165pc rise in complaints about free trials in 2013, with some customers caught out for up to €400 in unwanted charges. ECC Ireland urged anyone caught out by a free trial to write to the trader to cancel the contract.