A small turn out for a demonstration of Dublin taxi drivers as a protest fails to get the backing of representative bodies.

Two to three hundred Dublin taxi drivers protested on the streets of the city voicing their opposition to deregulation of the taxi industry. The protest went ahead despite a meeting earlier today between representatives of the industry and the Minister for Transport Seamus Brennan.

The protest began at the Phoenix Park travelling along city quays to Dáil Éireann. The demonstration was criticised by the Taxi Company Owners Association who represent eleven of Dublin's taxi companies who claimed that taxi drivers themselves were not balloted on the industrial action. Speaking to RTÉ News Derek Dalrymple of the Taxi Company Owners Association says if the demonstrators plan to obstruct traffic on the streets of Dublin, then its members should have been consulted. John Usher of the Irish Taxi Drivers Federation claims that it was its members that insisted on the action. 

The views of the members was that it was time to stop talking and have some action.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 November 2002. The reporter is Aoife Kavanagh.