Mercedes return brings jobs

Padraig Keating, General Manager of the new Connolly Mercedes-Benz in Galway.
Padraig Keating, General Manager of the new Connolly Mercedes-Benz in Galway.

Fifteen new full-time jobs are to be created in Galway by Connolly Motor Group, which has just been appointed as main dealers for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in the area.

This brings the motor group’s total workforce in Galway to over 50 and to more than 200 across the country. The company is currently recruiting to fill the new positions.

Connollys Mercedes-Benz will open in Briarhill, Ballybrit at the end of October.

This will be Galway’s only Mercedes-Benz dealership – there have been no Mercedes-Benz showrooms in the region for the last six years.

The group, which is run by brothers Kevin and Neil Connolly, is one of the biggest motor groups in the country. It already has a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Sligo and has Audi and Volkswagen dealerships in Sligo and Ballina as well as an Audi dealership in Galway.

The appointment, announced by Motor Distributors Limited, distributors for Mercedes-Benz in Ireland, gives Connolly Motor Group responsibility for Mercedes-Benz sales and after-sales services covering the Western region.

Padraig Keating, General Manager for Mercedes-Benz Galway, said: “The opening of Mercedes-Benz is a huge boost to the industry in Galway city and county. To have a Mercedes-Benz sales and after-sales dealership back in Galway where the range has enjoyed a long and loyal customer base is a welcome development, and we look forward to expanding the brand even further.

“We will have the full range of Mercedes-Benz on site, where we can tailor cars to suit each individual’s requirement in keeping with what drivers of this range have come to expect.”

Ciaran Allen, Sales Manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland, said: “The establishment by Connolly Motor Group of a new, high-profile dealership for Mercedes-Benz in Galway city is one that we welcome.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.