A demonstration is taking place in Cork City this morning by taxi drivers.
A slow-moving cavalcade left Mahon to travel via the N40, Jack Lynch Tunnel, Lwr Glanmire Rd, St Patrick’s Bridge and Patrick St to finish on South Mall causing traffic delays.
Solidarity TD Mick Barry said that frontline workers should not have to be forced to protest on the streets and demanded that the Government enter into a real dialogue with the country's taxi drivers.
His call came as a Cork's taxi drivers prepare for a major show of strength on the streets of the city today to demand action on a host of grievances.
Deputy Barry said: "Taxi drivers are frontline workers. They drive many of our doctors and nurses to the hospitals. They drive many other people to their Covid tests. The Government need to stop ignoring their appeals for help and start listening to what they have to say."
Today's protest is organised by the Cork Taxi Council whose demands include a financial package to help drivers get back to work, a buyback scheme for drivers who want to exit the industry, a moratorium on new licenses, extend the age limit on cars from 10 to 12 years, and financial help with PPE.
A huge taxi protest took place in Dublin on September 15 and it is widely expected that today's Cork protest will be the largest taxi protest seen in the city in recent decades.
It is also understood that the taxi drivers intend to drive past the Debenhams picket lines in the city centre and honk their horns in support of the 171-day long strike.