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Gun held to taxi driver's head as car hijacked

A TAXI driver is recovering after a gun was held to his head and his car hijacked.

The man picked up a fare at Gardiner Street in Dublin city centre at around 4am yesterday and drove the passenger to the Tyrrelstown area.

The passenger held a gun to his head and demanded the driver's phone, wallet and car keys before hijacking his vehicle.

The driver is believed to be uninjured but shaken by the incident.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses and are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to contact them. The attacker is described as a 6ft tall man in his 30s with an Irish accent and of medium build.

Christopher Humphreys of the National Private Hire and Taxi Association said the situation was getting extremely "serious and dangerous for taxi drivers".

"Just last Friday we had a 73-year-old driver attacked and stabbed and about €100 stolen from him at Inchicore. Something needs to be done now to protect taxi drivers," he said.

Irish Independent