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Taxi union boss dies after battle with cancer

The death has occurred of John Ussher who was the President of the Irish Taxi Drivers Federation.

Mr Ussher (68) passed away on Friday after a short illness at the Bon Secours Hospital.

He was a well known and respected figure in the taxi industry, being at the helm of the ITDF for nearly 40 years.

Industry sources today spoke of John's passing with sadness.

Mr Usher (inset) took ill recently and had a short battle with cancer.

Former vice president of the National Taxi Drivers Union, Vinny Kearns, said he would be sadly missed by everyone in the taxi industry.

"John had a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of the taxi industry, be it legislation or more informal elements, and he will be impossible to replace," Mr Kearns told the Herald.

"Although we worked in different unions we fought the same battles together, and John was the longest serving taxi representative with one organisation," he said.

"He was a character, with a great sense of humour, and had a great ability to laugh at himself," he added.

"But he was also a stern man when it came to putting the views of members across and he could control a meeting.

"It is a sad passing and my thoughts are with his family and all who knew him," Mr Kearns added.