Smartphone taxi app Uber has said it is bringing its UberX service to Dublin. 

Uber launched its limo service, UberBlack, at the start of the year in Dublin, and says its new uberX service is about 10-30% cheaper than hailing a normal taxi. 

Fares are charged to a customers' credit or debit card or their PayPal account.

The company has recently been the subject of mass protests, with thousands of taxi drivers taking to the streets of London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid and other European cities over an alleged lack of regulation in relation to the app.

But downloads of the app have soared since the protests.