Hundreds of wives, widows and partners of Dublin taxi drivers marched to Áras an Uachtaráin to protest against financial hardship caused by the liberalisation of taxi licensing in 2000.
Under the banner of the group FAIR (Families Advocate Immediate Redress) the women handed in a document for the attention of President Mary McAleese. 1000 signatures have been collected from supporters sympathetic to the conditions plate holders and their families find themselves since deregulation.
Many families cannot afford to repay the £85,000 loans for taxi plates which are now worth £5,000 and the stress of meeting their monthly repayments is taking a physical toll. The women accept deregulation but are asking for Progressive Democrats leader and Tánaiste Mary Harney to consider their cases individually.
A representative from FAIR Rita Fernandez urges people to get behind their cause
We want to bring out the biggest anti-Government vote this Government has seen, we are not going away, they will be gone before we will, we are hear to stay.
An RTÉ News report by Michael O Kane broadcast on 12 August 2001.