Taxi drivers in Galway have reacted angrily to a report which claims that racism is a significant problem among their profession.
The study says a "small but vocal" group of white drivers may be trying to influence customers against African drivers.
The Galway Taxi Association (GTA), which represents a number of taxi companies and firms in the city, has said that it “vehemently refutes” the findings and claims made by Dr Vinodh Jaichand, director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway, in the report.
The report claims “there is evidence of a campaign against African taxi drivers, thinly disguised as the inherent qualifications of being a taxi driver and as an appeal to customers to ‘support Irish’ in this time of economic recession.”
But the GTA say the report is a “one-sided and tunnel vision synopsis” of taxi drivers who are not Africans.