Another vicious assault and robbery of a taxi driver in Tallaght left a driver with serious injuries.

The taxi driver was allegedly attacked by three men after picking them up in Saggart and driving them to Cloonmore Green in Jobstown at 10:30pm last night.

Two phones and a sum of cash were also allegedly robbed from the driver.

The taxi driver was taken to Tallaght Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

A garda spokesperson said:

“Gardaí are investigating a suspected robbery from a male taxi driver in his early 30s that occurred at Cloonmore Green, Tallaght at approximately 10.30pm on 2nd July 2019.

“The taxi driver was allegedly struck by three male passengers who took a sum of cash and other items.

“There was also damage to the taxi driver’s vehicle during the incident.

“The taxi driver was taken to Tallaght Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”

“No arrests have been made and investigations into the incident are ongoing.”

This is the latest in a spate of attacks on taxi and delivery drivers in Tallaght this year.

Local Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe brought the matter up in the Dail last month when he called on the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, and the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, to meet with representatives of the taxi Industry and An Garda Síochána to discuss ways of stopping attacks on taxi drivers. 

In the Dáil debate the Sinn Féin TD outlined some of the horrific attacks on drivers and he said many of them were traumatised and lucky to be still alive following recent high profile assaults. Deputy Crowe said: 

“There has been an upsurge in vicious attacks on taxi drivers in recent weeks and it is now happening on an almost daily basis,” Deputy Crowe told the Dail.

“Taxi drivers have recently been stabbed, robbed, had syringes put to their necks, had equipment and cash stolen, been hijacked, had their cars burnt out, and many have been left lying unconscious at the side of road.

“One driver even had a noose put around his head.

“These attacks follow other high profile assaults on delivery drivers.

“Clearly new measures and additional resources to stop these attacks need to be adopted before a driver is killed.