Despite the number of taxi drivers being on call over the Christmas period, many people have commented that the length of time spent waiting for taxis was worse than in recent years, with late night queues becoming commonplace.

What didn't help was the fact that Mitchelstown taxi owner John Carey, was out of action over the festive period due to illness.

John's friendly and reliable service was definitely missed but John said he has seen a decline in the number of taxi services in Mitchelstown over the past few years and said that was a big part of the reason for the large queues.

“There is a lot of red tape now and it’s making it difficult to get a taxi licence …"

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