Taxi protest turns Dublin city centre into 'no-go area'

A protest by a group called ‘The Irish Taxi Council’ caused severe traffic delays for Dublin commuters from 8am right through the day, and on into evening rush hour, according AA Roadwatch.

A protest by a group called ‘The Irish Taxi Council’ caused severe traffic delays for Dublin commuters from 8am right through the day, and on into evening rush hour, according AA Roadwatch.

Kildare St was closed to all vehicles from 8:20 to 9:30am, except for public transport.

Many buses were diverted due to heavy delays on Harcourt St and Camden St, as well as Nassau St and St Stephens Green (route no’s 11, 14, 46A, 48A and 145)

“Morning rush hour traffic was severely affected and a huge number of disgruntled drivers contacted us raising their objections” said Nicola Hudson, AA Roadwatch controller.

“Rush hour traffic is on knife-edge most of the time, without problems like this.”

At 9:40am the protest crossed the Liffey to O Connell St, blocking all lanes except the bus lanes, with delays as a result on Dame St, Westmoreland St, South Quays. The North Quays were badly affected by 10:15am and Patrick St and Christchurch traffic were also impacted.

Between 10:30am and 3pm the protestors moved around O'Connell St north and south as well as deviating along Westmoreland St. Traffic was blocked at various spots for short periods of time and delays remained in the area throughout the afternoon.

“The trickiest part was the unpredictability of the protestors, it was impossible to warn drivers to avoid any one area as they continued to move around,” said Hudson.

“The city centre was a no-go area all day”

By evening rush hour O Connell St was totally closed (at 5pm) and the protest had spread to the South Quays.

Traffic delays spread along the North and South Quays, Parnell St, and as far as The 02 and the docks. Traffic on Church St was heavily affected both ways as people tried to take an alterative route.

“It is still unclear when the protest will finish although we have heard that it could continue through the night,” said Hudson

“We’ll keep the AA Roadwatch website and radio stations updated at all times.”

A totally separate protest is scheduled for Dublin tomorrow near the East Link toll plaza, from 4pm - 5:30pm. Roads will be closed in the area at that time.

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