Michael is a taxi driver. In the early hours of Sunday morning he was attacked in his cab. He picked the two men up in Dawson street and as they turned right onto Nassau street the guy beside him produced a knife and the other guy in the back wrapped the seat belt around Michaels’ neck. He believed they were going to kill him and he would never see his family again. He drove them onto Fitzwilliam street and then towards Baggot street….all the while he had the seatbelt around his neck. On Waterloo Road he said enough is enough and managed to get out of his car. He fought with them on the side of the road until they ran off. The sad part is that no one helped him. He drove to a petrol station on Mespil Road and rang the Gardai. The Gardai from Donnybrook station arrived on the scene immediately and were very helpful. Other taxi drivers joined in to support Michael and tell there stories of attacks on the streets while trying to earn a living.
Going back to nurses issue and the graduate programme…Anne says she is a 2011 general nurse graduate who is going to apply for the initiative. There was no work out there. Could only do agency work or go into nursing homes. She thinks the 2012 graduates will be robbed of these jobs by the older graduates. The girls who are working as agency staff are going to go for it as well. Mary is against the initiative. Qualified as a nurse in Sept 2012, I'm 22 no way am I standing for yellow pack contacts I worked hard for four years and got less than minimum wage for my first 3 months of being a registered nurse , I don't want to go abroad.
Angela is a restaurateur. She owns two restaurants – Woodstock in Phibsboro and Moloughneys in Clontarf. They are crippled with rates, fog license fee, outdoor table and chairs license, water rates etc. She reckons there will be many more restaurant closures this year.