Anger and disgust at racist and physical attack on taxi driver

by Dublin Gazette
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A man has presented himself to gardai following a video of a racist attack on a taxi driver in North Dublin going viral last weekend.

The short clip, recorded by a dashcam at approximately 10pm on Easter Sunday, shows a seemingly intoxicated man repeatedly using a racist slur against the taxi driver, before then physically assaulting the driver, who was still driving the vehicle.

In the video, the man claimed he was a police officer before getting out of the taxi and walking around to the driver’s side of the vehicle, before the taxi driver locked the doors and drove away from the man.

The driver looked visibly shaken in the dashcam footage seen following the incident, which sparked widespread outrage amongst taxi drivers and the public.

The footage was widely circulated on Twitter last weekend before its removal earlier this week, where it was retweeted more than 1,000 times, and received more than 500 comments. It has now been removed from the site following the attacker handing himself in.

Some people remarked that the taxi driver’s actions towards the driver made them “ashamed to be Irish”, and many applauded the driver for staying calm.

One response said: “[The video has] brought a tear to my eye. That poor man. This horrible little ignorant scumbag isn’t a reflection of the majority of Irish people, but they [people like the aggressive passenger] are still out there.

“This is really heartbreaking to watch. Hope this dirtbag gets what’s coming to him.”

Someone else on Twitter said that her father is a taxi driver, and seeing the video made her feel ill.

She wrote: “Damn, this makes me feel sick, my dad has driven a cab his whole life, lucky it never escalated this much for him.

“This is not a good representation of the Irish people.”

Following the incident going viral, An Garda Siochana said in a statement: “Gardai in Clontarf are investigating the alleged assault of a taxi driver that occurred at approximately 10pm on the Malahide Road, Donnycarney [on April 21].

“A suspect in the case has presented themselves at a north Dublin garda station and gardai are following a definite line of enquiry.

“As the investigation is ongoing, we will not be commenting further at this time.”

Gardai have also confirmed that the suspect is not a member of the Force.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Clontarf Garda Station at 01 666 4800, or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.

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