I propose to take Questions Nos. 103, 149 and 272 together.
The Government remains strongly committed to improving Dublin and other taxi services for the benefit of all concerned. Every effort will be made to provide for an increase in Dublin taxi licence numbers as quickly as possible with due regard to the recent High Court determination.
Greater increases in Dublin taxi licence numbers have already taken place within the term of this Government than under any other Government for over 20 years. While this increase of some 750 in the Dublin taxi fleet is welcome, the Government acknowledges, as evidenced by our initiative for a doubling of Dublin taxi numbers, that a much greater supply of taxis is needed to meet public demand.
While the way forward has been complicated by the present judicial review, the direction and resolve of the Government's proposed reforms is not altered. Detailed examination and analysis of the court decision is now taking place as a matter of urgency in my Department with a view to providing a workable basis for the resumption of new taxi licensing.