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26th Jun 2024

Taylor Swift fans warned of taxi shortage as huge crowds set to descend on Dublin

Simon Kelly

Taylor Swift taxis

Any jets going, Taylor?

Taylor Swift fans have been warned that they may be struggling to find a taxi as hundreds of thousands of people are set to descend on Dublin over the weekend.

The hugely popular singer-songwriter is set to play three sold-out shows at the Aviva Stadium in the capital from Friday to Sunday, clashing with a number of other events in the city.

Longitude, Shania Twain and Fairview Park concerts, along with the Dublin Pride Parade and GAA Senior Football Championship quarter-finals are expected to bring 600,000 people flooding into Dublin.

The Taxis for Ireland Coalition has warned that the huge crowds could lead to a long wait for those looking to get home from after the events.

Taylor Swift fans warned of taxi shortage as huge crowds set to descend on Dublin

Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, chief executive of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation said: “With thousands of people arriving in Ireland for the general tourist season and huge events like Taylor Swift at the Aviva, we are set to see strong demand for taxi services.

“Taxis provide an essential service, particularly for tourists who often need to go door-to-door and can struggle with navigating the public transport system.”

Donall O’Keefe, CEO of the Licenced Vintners Association said: “The last thing we want people in Dublin to feel is stranded, waiting late at night for taxis in areas they may be unfamiliar with.

“Taxis provide that extra layer of safety, particularly for visitors attending the city.

“We want Dublin and Ireland to remain competitive when it comes to hosting large events, however, we need to ensure additional taxi availability for the night-time economy in particular to enhance the experience of visitors to our Capital City.”

The Taxis for Ireland Coalition is calling on the NTA and the Government to take immediate action to address the shortage of taxis and are proposing a 30% increase in taxi vehicles by 2027.

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