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New Year boost sees car sales back in top gear

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Pictured at the SIMI Motor Industry Review Q4 January Car Sales were (from left) Cathal Cremen, Commercial Manager, Done Deal; SIMI President James Brooks, Economist Jim Power, and SIMI DG Alan Nolan.

The car sales sector is continuing on its path to recovery, with new figures showing business is up by almost one-third already this year.

The figures – compiled for the Connacht Tribune by car history site motorcheck.ie – show there were 1,225 new passenger vehicles registered in Galway in January – that’s up 29% on the 950 in January 2014.

The import of used cars was down 10% from 330 to 296 for the same comparative period, while commercial vehicles and Heavy Goods Vehicles are up nearly 40% from 166 to 230.

Alan Nolan, Director General of the Society of the Irish Motor industry (SIMI) said the increase in sales is positive for the industry.

“The car sales figures for January are a huge boost to the motor industry in Galway. Last year saw a recovery for the car market and to see this continue into 2015 is great news for the area.

“It will mean more money into the local economy and the creation of more jobs within the sector. The recession was particularly challenging for the motor industry and while it will take time to rebuild, the increases in sales will continue to aid recovery,” said Mr Nolan.

Last year, there were 3,778 new passenger vehicles sold across Galway, up almost 28% on 2013. Economist Jim Power said: “After a number of very difficult years for the motor trade, the strong growth in car sales reflects improving consumer confidence and spending across the country.

“While we have not reached the highs of 2008, consumers are showing more confidence in the market and the indications are that we will continue to inch upwards this year provided economic and political conditions remain stable,” he said.

The most popular ‘151 G’ cars on the roads at the moment are the VW Golf (76) and Toyota Corolla (75), followed by the Nissan Qashqai (56), Skoda Octavvia (51) and Toyota Auris (37).

 

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Roadshow’s nationwide brainstorm

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The Creating Our Future Roadshow on its stopover in Galway city.

Galwegians were offered the chance to play a part in creating a better future for Ireland – by participating in a nationwide brainstorming session last week.

The Creating Our Future Roadshow is midway through its mission to visit every county in Ireland in a month – having started out on September 24 in Wicklow and running until October 26.

It’s a government-led national brainstorm that will involve the people of Ireland in a conversation on the role research can and should play in addressing opportunities, challenges and hopes for the future.

Creating Our Future, according to Minister Simon Harris, will ensure that the direction of research in Ireland is informed by the people it serves.

The organisers are asking people to submit their ideas about what researchers in Ireland should explore to create a better future through the dedicated online portal www.creatingourfuture.ie, which is open until November 30.

The Roadshow is also pulling up in towns across the country to encourage the public to engage in a conversation with researchers over a cup of coffee – and to submit an idea about an opportunity or challenge in their lives, community, Ireland or the world; or something they are curious or passionate about and would like researchers to explore.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Deputies outline blueprint for sustained regional recovery

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Pictured: Ministers Michael McGrath and Paschal Donohoe meet with members of the Regional Group of Independent TDs - including local Deputies Sean Canney, Noel Grealish and Denis Naughten.

A group of independent TDs has called on the Government to prioritise spending on rural Ireland – to regenerate regional towns and villages, increase supports to farmers and community initiatives, and the support local business.

The Regional Group of Independent TDs used their Pre-Budget Submission to highlight the ‘critical need to invest in our people to support the transition back to normality’.

The group – which includes local Deputies Sean Canney, Noel Grealish and Denis Naughten – met with budget ministers, Michael McGrath and Paschal Donohoe where members outlined five key points they want to see addressed in next week’s budget.

They are seeking support for the regeneration of towns and villages, housing, green villages, remote working and transport links; investment to help home-grown SMEs through recovery and renewal – and a complete review of tax credits and social welfare systems to ensure working is always financially better.

They also want to see investment in health and community initiatives, and in services within communities, on top of repurposing existing infrastructure – and increased supports for farmers, to aid intergenerational transfers and the agri-food sector.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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SMEs hit by cyber attacks

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As many as three out of five small and medium businesses have reported at least one cyber attack during the previous year, while 43% of all data breaches involve small and medium sized businesses. But despite this, the majority of small and medium businesses believe they are too small for a cyber attack – and almost half have no understanding of how to protect themselves against an attack of this nature.

That’s why local SMEs are being encourage to sign up for a free seminar which will help prepare them against cyber attacks.

Leading cybersecurity expert, Andrea Manning, who is CEO and Co-Founder of Irish company CyberPie, will be speaking as part of the free Cyber Security Summit organised by itag (Innovation Technology AtlanTec Gateway) and Cyber Ireland.

The virtual event will be delivered next Thursday, October 14, and is open to anyone who registers in advance.

Other parts of the seminar will be focused on cutting edge cyber security and related matters, covering topics such as cryptocurrency, digital forensics, cyberpsychology, zero trust and more.

Among the other high profile speakers participating will be Prof. Lisa Short who is Director and Co-Founder of P&L Digital Edge Limited, Nick Asvos of Palo Alto Networks, Prof. Greg Gogolin from Ferris State University in the US, Blessing Usoro of JP Morgan Chase & Co, Rebecca Springett of TitanHQ, Brian Honan of BH Consulting, Donna O’Shea of Munster Technological University and Derek Laffan of Dublin City University.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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