Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Timmy Dooley TD, has called on Minister Leo Varadkar to immediately intervene in the dispute between the DAA and Dublin taxi drivers.
Taxi drivers at Dublin airport went on strike yesterday in a dispute over 70 car parking spaces that have been taken back by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).
Deputy Dooley commented: “As this dispute enters its second day, thousands more airline passengers face huge disruption. This situation is having a hugely negative impact on the tourism industry. First impressions can be lasting and it's clear that Ireland's image as a tourist destination is taking a hammering as visitors arrive at the airport expecting to take a taxi to their accommodation only to find a bitter stand-off between taxi drivers and airport managers. Public transport is no alternative for many tourists with heavy luggage and particularly those of advancing years.
“Minster Varadkar has a shared responsibility between Transport and Tourism interests and he needs to step in immediately and facilitate talks between airport management and taxi representatives, this situation cannot be allowed to continue for a third day. The DAA is a state-owned company, the Minister appoints its Director so it is incumbent on him to sort this mess without delay.
“Taxi drivers are going through a very difficult time and they are an integral part of the smooth running of the airport. The DAA should have gone through the proper consultation channels before making any changes. When 70 car parking spaces are taken away from taxi drivers like this, some sort of agreement should have been sought in advance before making this decision.
“So far we have seen no response from the Minister on this, now is the time to act. A resolution must be reached that is agreeable to the Taxi operators. This dispute is damaging to Ireland's image, especially during the busiest month of the year for tourism."