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Taxi crisis: Only 29pc of drivers in Ireland working at night as fears over safety grow

Drivers aren’t safe at night, so queues – and risks – are increasing nationwide

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Michael O'Donovan, chair of Cork City and County Vintners Federation of Ireland and owner of The Castle Inn in Cork city, is worried about the lack of taxis to take people home. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Michael O'Donovan, chair of Cork City and County Vintners Federation of Ireland and owner of The Castle Inn in Cork city, is worried about the lack of taxis to take people home. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Michael O'Donovan, chair of Cork City and County Vintners Federation of Ireland and owner of The Castle Inn in Cork city, is worried about the lack of taxis to take people home. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Late at night, when the pub windows have gone dark and the doors are locked, Michael O’Donovan starts to make his way home.

As the publican drives from the Castle Inn in the heart of Cork, toward his house way beyond the southside of the city, the road is dotted with silhouettes of people walking home.


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