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Kia begins production of the new-look ProCeed

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The new Kia ProCeed.

By Gerry Murphy

Kia has started production in Slovakia of the new ProCeed, merging design with the space and versatility of a tourer in a five-door shooting brake body housing a 594-litre boot, offering greater luggage space than many traditional compact family wagons.

Matching the daring design and engineering which makes it the sportiest iteration of the new Ceed model family, the new third-generation ProCeed will be available in Ireland as a GT Line model. It made its public debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, and goes on sale exclusively in Europe in the first quarter of 2019.

“The start of production for the new Kia ProCeed caps off a year of hard work at our Žilina plant, following the successful introduction of the Ceed five-door hatchback and Ceed Sportswagon, as well as the enhanced Kia Sportage,” said Dae Sik Kim, President and CEO of Kia Motors Slovakia.

“We have succeeded in applying new selective catalytic reduction technology into production, dramatically decreasing the amount of emissions from our diesel and gasoline engines to ensure full compliance with the Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard.”

The new model was designed at Kia’s European Design Centre in Frankfurt, Germany, under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, European Head of Design, and Peter Schreyer, President of Design and Chief Design Officer. The design team sought to reinvent the ProCeed to ensure the same vitality and vibrancy wasn’t lost in the car’s transformation into a five-door shooting brake.

“Preparations for volume production of ProCeed commenced at our factory at the end of 2017, starting with the modification and set-up of the latest production line technology,” said Roman Kralovansky, Head of Production at Kia Motors Slovakia.

“The start of production was preceded by education and training for our operators at Kia’s Research and Development Centre in South Korea, as well as here in Žilina. The shooting brake body posed several challenges to us from a production point of view, which we overcame throughout a year of in-depth preparation. The experience has helped us gain a great deal of valuable, new production experience,” he said.

When sales of the new ProCeed commence in 2019, it will be available in Ireland with Kia’s new ‘Kappa’ 1.4-litre T-GDi power unit, which produces 140 ps.

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Progress stalls on setting up Eating Disorder Community Health Team

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Despite an increasing number of young people experiencing eating disorders, a new specialist community team has yet to be set up in Galway well over a year after it was announced.

The delay is mainly due to a difficulty recruiting a consultant psychiatrist to lead the team, this week’s HSE West Regional Health Forum meeting was told.

Councillor John Connolly (FF) queried the progress on the new Eating Disorder Community Health Team within the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) after the HSE revealed in September 2021 that it would be set up in response to the hike in youths presenting for treatment.

Chief Officer of HSE Community Healthcare West, Breda Crehan-Roche, said interviews had been conducted to recruit a clinical lead, but so far none had been appointed. Six other staff had been appointed and these had been assigned to existing teams within CAMHS while a psychiatrist could come on board to manage the team.

“We have difficulty getting locum cover. Interviews were held. It’s a priority. We are doing a running recruitment process,” she told this month’s meeting.

It took between six and nine months to appoint a person to such a senior post.

“There is a lot of work in specialist intervention in the eating disorders team.”

She admitted that there were no records of how much of an increase there had been in referrals to CAMHS Galway for youths troubled by an eating disorder as all records were on paper rather than on computer.

“I can’t ask clinicians and therapists to pull together manual figures,” she stated. But the indication from staff on the ground was that there had been a downward trend in referrals post-Covid.

There was a move to keeping digital records by the middle of next year.

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Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan dies aged 78

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Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan has passed away at the age of 78.

Born in Kilkenny in 1944, Bishop Drennan studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth from where he was ordained in 1968

As a priest, the then Fr Drennan served as curate in both St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish in Kilkenny and then in Ballycallan.

From 1975 he taught Sacred Scripture at St. Kieran’s College, returning to Rome in 1980 to become Spiritual Director at the Irish College there for the next five years.

When Fr. Martin again returned home he became a Lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was chosen as Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and was installed on 3rd July 2005 in Galway Cathedral serving to his retirement in 2016.

A brief statement released by the Diocese of Galway this afternoon confirmed his passing and offered their sympathies to Bishop Drennan’s family and all those who mourn his loss.

Funeral arrangements for the late Bishop Drennan will be announced later

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Gardaí appeal for help to locate missing man

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Gardaí are seeking help from the public in locating a 66-year-old man who has been missing from Clonbur since Thursday.

Michael Harte is described as being 5’ 9” in height, of slim build with short grey hair. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, a blue jumper, a tan / khaki padded jacket and tan boots.

He is understood to have access to a black Renault Megane with a 02 C registration.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Clifden Garda Station on 095 2250,  the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or any Garda station.

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