Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney today stated that he would choose an Irish taxi driver over a foreigner, because non-Irish drivers don't know where they are going.
I'd love to hear how the senator can identify 'obvious' non-nationals without reference to skin colour.I’ve been in taxis and I have to say, and I’m not in any way being discriminatory here, but it’s nearly always non-nationals. And it’s got to the point where, quite frankly, and I make no apologies for it, that I will now go to a local taxi driver in preference to somebody who’s a non-national- an obvious non-national, and that has nothing to do with the colour of their skin or anything of that nature.
Mooney subsequently withdrew the comments, saying that they had been 'misinterpreted'.
Here's the thing: the Senator's choice of language was crass in the extreme. But I've experienced a number of occasions where, ahem, obviously non Irish drivers haven't known where they were going, or have gone a route that involves more major roads but which is less direct. So maybe there is a problem with a lack of basic road knowledge amongst some drivers.
On the other hand, at least the furriners don't bore the ear of you about how this is their first fair of the evening, and that they had to wait four hours to get it...