Will, Noel – Rock a Taxi Driver’s fare! Contactless payment, is it fair?

Noel Rock, FG, TD, seems to be hailing a ride on an already booked taxi. Heard speaking on the various news shows today, calling for Taxis to be obliged to facilitate contactless payments for taxi fares,  Well, of course, this is taking a ride on some else’s hobby horse,  as the National Transport Authority ( N.T.A.) has in the National Maximum Taxi Fare Review Report 2019, called for compulsory Credit Card payment facilities to be fitted to every taxi in Ireland.

Noel Rock, FG, TD, along with many others state that these days you can walk into any shop in any town and pay for your purchase with contactless payment, true, but if your card is rejected in a shop you won’t be leaving with the goods you wish to purchase !!! Noel Rock,  also states that card payments will also be helpful for Tourism, Well these same tourists wishing to book into a hotel with a credit card, will be required to have their card confirmed as valid by the hotel, BEFORE their booking will be confirmed and if the card fails to be confirmed their booking will not proceed!!!

Under the Road Traffic Acts, Article 52 S.I. 191,  a taxi driver is entitled BEFORE undertaking a passenger’s intended journey, to request from the passenger an advance payment of the fare for the given intended journey, and if the advance payment is not made the driver is legally entitled to refuse said passenger service!!!

So will a taxi driver having been compelled against their wishes to be equipped to take credit card payments, still be entitled to advance payment, if for whatever reason they discern a need to do so when a passenger boards their taxi?  Are they still able to refuse service if the passenger refuses advance payment? Will, every taxi driver then have to ask each and every intending passenger, are you paying cash or card? If a passenger having been asked by the driver if they are paying by cash or card, and the answer is a card, can the driver prior to accepting the intended journey, request that the said card be confirmed by the driver prior to undertaking the passengers intended journey?  Noel Rock FG, TD. mentions foreign travellers who may not have any local currency, well some foreign cards, like American Express, are not accepted by many card reader machines, so what happens with these passengers? And what about extra costs charged to the driver for processing foreign cards.

Anyone care to respond or comment on the above?





streetdogs.blog the word on the street. Read with great interest, reports that the French  President, Emmanuel Macron has said he will forgo the pension usually received by former French Presidents, of 6, 220euro per month.                                                                 President Micheal D Higgins currently receives a 1,581.66 euro per month pension from the contributory pension. If past and current figures are anything to go by, he will at the end of his second term be getting more than an extra 37,754 euro, to his Presidential pension. In addition to the above, Perhaps he might like to follow the example of the French President. What do you think readers?


It’s reported in the Irish Times, that Sarah Keane, of the OFI, has stated that she is willing to undertake a role in a crisis committee of the FAI.

This could be considered as her Christmas gift to Shane Ross, here’s a serious professional personality, with some great and effective success behind her in previously being involved in a similar róle in another crisis, struck sports body, with the added bonus of having defeated the former CEO of the FAI,  Bernard O’Byrne, in a ballot to be elected President of the OCI, so the Lady has put the ball in the back of the FAI’s goal already,  The lady has some serious evaluation and understanding of what needs to be done, hopefully, she will be taken up on her offer!

Ah, sadly as we draft this post, word has come in, that, Sarah Keane, has apparently ruled out any role on the new FAI board.








What a mess is the so-called Professional Football Association of  Ireland. Up to the neck in 60+ millions of debt, don’t totally own their so-called National Stadium, and have to go cap in hand to beg the Government and others for a free bailout and cry foul when the details of their inept, corrupt and possible unlawful conduct in the performance of their duties, either collectively or individually. Whoever believes that simply writing confidential on a document without having the recipient’s prior agreement to the confidentiality of the paper, especially to a Minister who must inform various government bodies of the potential consequences to the public purse of the implications of the document. Whatever peoples perception of Shane Ross in other matters, it is tough to fault him concerning his handling of this so-called Professional organisation, sure you wouldn’t let them make pancakes, or what’s that one about something in a brewery?



Brexit, Ulster, Scottish Independence. A Greater Alba looming?

Many observers, especially those of Irish Nationalist or/and Republican thinking, along with the SNP, are viewing the result of the British Elections as a harbinger of  Scottish Independence and equally of a United Ireland. But consider this, a vast majority of the Unionist/Loyalist population of The Six Counties of Ulster, have their genetic roots in Scotland. ( The very name of Scotland stems from a group of Ulster Irish).

Is it not possible that both Scottish Nationalist and Ulster Unionist might see the common cause of a Greater Alba of Scotland and The Six Counties of Ulster as a beneficial outcome of the break up of the current United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland?    After the Mad Hatter’s tea party of the Brexit saga, surly anything is possible!!!