Galway Bay fm newsroom – New car sales in Galway are up 14% for the year to date.
Figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry show that 2,462 cars were sold in the city and county between January and May of this year.
That’s compared to 2,163 over the same period last year – an increase of 299 vehicles.
Nationwide car sales are up 18% for the year to date, with over 60,000 units sold so far.
The top selling car brands this year have been Toyota, Volkswagen and Hyundai, while the top selling car model is the Hyundai Tucson.
Meanwhile, new electrical car sales are up by 114% this year, however, diesel is still the most popular engine type, with 36% of the market share, followed by petrol at 31%.
SIMI General Director Brian Cooke says the increasing popularity of electric vehicles is very positive.
HSE Chief Highlights Progress At Hospitals In The West Following Cyber Attack
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom:
The Chief Operations Officer of the HSE says there has been huge progress at hospitals in the West as they recover from last month’s cyber attack.
The ransomware attack on the HSE’s IT systems saw numerous services and outpatient appointments cancelled at UHG, Merlin Park and Portiuncula hospital.
Earlier this week the Oireachtas Health Committee heard that the overall cost to the HSE of the attack could amount to half a billion euro.
Speaking on Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan earlier, HSE Chief Operations Officer Anne O’ Connor says while the situation has improved at hospitals in the West there are still a number of challenges:
City Council Defers Motion To Adopt National Park City Status
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom:
Galway City Council has deferred voting on a motion calling for Galway to adopt National Park City status.
The motion was brought before the council by Green Party Councillor Niall Murphy at this week’s pre-draft plan consultation process meeting for the Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029.
The motion tabled by Councillor Murphy called for a recommendation to be added to the new City Development Plan that Galway will adopt the National Park City initiative mission statement.
The National Park City for Galway initiative, which President Michael D Higgins is a patron of, seeks to make the city a greener, safer, sustainable and wilder environment where people value, benefit from, and are strongly connected to the rest of nature.
The designation was formally launched in 2019 when London became the first city in the world to claim this status.
At this week’s City Development Plan meeting, the City Manager Brendan McGrath explained his recommendations for the motion and why he was urging caution.
Mr McGrath said he fully backed the spirit of the concept but warned it could have far reaching implications for planning and economic development in the city.
He said many of its aims are also supported through other plans and strategies at city level such as the Heritage Plan and Climate Adaptation Strategy.
Mr McGrath added that designating a city as a national park does not match the criteria for national park status in Ireland and warned it could impact ambitious projects such as the Cappagh Aquatic Centre and the major redevelopment of Sandy Road.
Mr McGrath’s comments were echoed by several Councillors who said they would like to be fully briefed on all the possible implications of the initiative before deciding whether or not to include the proposal in the new City Development Plan.
Ultimately the motion was deferred after a roll call vote, with 11 in favour of the deferral, five against and two absent, and it will be reviewed again later in the development plan process.