Ireland Am, and non-stop Taxi Drivers!

One of the word on the street, readers, has commented on Ireland Am presenter Alan Huges various statements on Junior Minister, FG’s TD, Jim Daly’s proposal for the establishment of an Uber-style taxi service for rural areas, dubbed Ruxi, primarily ( but not exclusively ) to cater for aspects relating to rural pubs maintaining their business.

During the three presenters discussion of this item, Presenter Alan Huges had a little rant about experiencing difficulties with waving down Dublin Taxis with their Taxi sign light switched on. giving out that it was a common practice for  such Taxis to pass him by, and stating some reasons why he believed they were refusing  to stop, and stating they had no business in failing to stop for him, as they are providing a service  and are obliged to stop for him when he puts his hand out and they have their roof sign light on.

Our reader states that Alan Huges, along with many other members of the public have an incorrect  understanding in this regard, and states that a Taxi driving along the street with its light on is plying for hire on the public highway,  and when a member of the public puts their hand out for the taxi to stop, the driver has the right not to pull in and collect the said member of the public, however, if the driver does pull over having been waved down  by said member of the public, the driver is obliged  ( subject to certain exceptions ) to accept the fair.

Equally many members of the public are unaware that when they arrive at a Stand, a legal Taxi Rank,  and there are several taxis at the stand, then the member of the public is not obliged to take the first Taxi on the rank, but may walk along the line of ten Taxis and  select the eighth  Taxi, if that’s the one  they prefer the look of and that Taxi Driver is legally obliged to accept them as a fare ( subject to certain exceptions ), without regard to the presence of other taxis on the rank.

Anyone like to comment, Maybe Alan Huges?

Cherish all the children of the Nation? Unless you are a Teacher!

In the same week that it’s announced that pupils will not in the future, face the stress of sitting for three written exams on the same day, and to ensure this,  extra exam days will be scheduled for these pupils.  A development welcomed by Secondary Teachers.

However, The same secondary teacher’s representatives are within forty-eight hours of the above announcement, directing Teachers, not to give any assistance to pupils with special needs and not to cooperate with any programs designed to render such assistance, throughout these pupil’s, entire educational experience. A very nice Christmas present for the concerned parents of such pupils.  Need we say more!

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding. Ulster ex’s, pay penalties on the forward pass!

In a very interesting final phase, played out by Rugby stars, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, in Belfast Crown court. When having been previously awarded a contentious touch down on a single Try, in their seriously flawed defensive game, found themselves penalised by the referee of the game, Judge Patricia Smyth, for their endeavours to score a second Try, by means of a forward pass, with their application for reimbursement,  of their legal costs and expenses etc, resulting in a very imperfect but satisfactory tied draw! Satisfactory that is, to those who believe in the values of serendipity and  Karma.

The true art of politics, knowing your priorities!

Well, here we are, in a housing crisis, a health service failing on a national scale in multiple sectors, School buildings falling apart, lack of services for special needs pupils,  inadequate home care services for the elderly and vulnerable citizens. which we are always been informed, is so, as there’s a lack of proper funds and that we must be careful not to place undue, further, future commitments on the Public purse!

Now have a guess what it is that all politicians of all  parties and political doctrines can all agree on as something that should be assured of all-party support in Dáil Éireann, why nothing is so important as accepting Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe’s intentions, to next march, enable the doubling of  the remuneration  ( and therefore consequently the pension entitlements) of local representatives, from euro 17,000, plus to euro 35,000 plus.. And of course Expenses accounts, all of which is, of course in addition to their income from other sources.

Anyone wish to comment?



A reader, of the word on the street, one Anna Brady, wonders, considering the  national homeless crisis, why it is that when the Courts are handing out community sentences, do they do not take into account what trade or professional  skills the offender has to offer and sentence the offender to serve their community sentence  using those specific skills to the benefit  of local homeless organizations, rather than meaningless tasks, like painting railings!

One wonders how our other readers view Anna Brady’s suggestion?

Geronimo’s and Chief Crazy Horse’s revenge?

One thing that crosses the mind about Donal Trump’s great concern about the Mexican Border “invasion” from South American Countries, is how would those heroes of the Native Americans resistance to the  historic land grab of their lands, view the turn of events, of immigrents, moving from westward ho the wagons to northward ho the wagons?  Enjoying sweet revenge?


Talk about coincidence! Sunday afternoon, the film ” LONELY ARE THE BRAVE”  on the television, tuned in late and just in time to hear, that mans man, Kirk Douglas being told by the female leading support, the line,” if men weren’t needed to make babies, I wouldn’t be  having  anything to do with any of them!”

Stroll on down to have a coffee in O’Briens  Sandwich Bar, reading Saturday’s Irish Independent, ( for some strange reason, no Sunday papers provided for customers to  peruse?? )  saw an article stating that scientists in China, have bred 29 mice from two female mice and that these 29 single gender mice have gone on to breed  further mice themselves!!  These said scientists, believe that the techniques discovered in their research for this project, can be duplicated in Humans and other Mammals!                         The hand that rocks the cradle and all that!!


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