TAXI users should be able to afford a proposed 10 to 15pc increase in taxi fares - according to a taxi drivers' union.
The fare hike, which is currently being considered by the The National Transport Authority (NTA), is believed to be worth an extra €50 per week to drivers.
The ongoing review will feature a public consultation process next month and prices could be in place for winter.
"I presume [customers] can afford it if they're using taxis. We're providing a service - it's only fair we get an increase," spokesperson Christy Humphries of National Private Hire and Taxi Association (NPHTA) said.