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Opel plugs in to electric drive

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Opel Corsa-e

Opel Ireland has announced the official pricing for its first all-electric Corsa-e model. The model is available in SC and Elite trims, with prices set from €27,338 and €30,800 respectively, inclusive of SEAI grant and VRT relief.

Sporting a 50-kWh battery, the Corsa-e offers a range up to 337km, with acceleration of 0 to 100km/h in 8.1 seconds and a torque of up to 260 Nm.

The model boasts an electric drive unit (no gearbox), and a drive mode feature offers the choice between an economical drive for maximum range, a sporty mode for top-level performance and a normal mode for a balance of range and power.

The interior and boot-space are identical to internal combustion engine (ICE) versions, as the batteries are distributed under the floor pan; while there is also a regenerative braking system.

A full battery charge is returned in 7.5 hours from a Wall Box (Fast AC 32A / 7kWh) or 80% charge is returned in just 30 minutes at a dedicated public terminal (Rapid DC 100kWh).

The battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 km, for up to 70% retention, certifiable by the Opel dealer network. Customers are also covered with roadside assistance for 8 years, or 160,000km.

The Corsa-e SC trim has an array of standard features include a 7” colour touchscreen, DAB radio, Apple Car Play / Android Auto, USB connections, lane departure warning with lane assist, speed sign recognition, automatic emergency city braking, hill assist, cruise control with speed limiter, LED headlights, 16” alloy wheels, high beam assist and ISOFIX child seat fixings on outer rear seats.

Subtle design cues nod to its electric powertrain in the form of e-badging on the side windows and boot, whilst added equipment over its petrol and diesel relatives include navigation, automatic wipers and headlights, anti-dazzle rear view mirror, rear parking sensors, electric parking brake, electronic climate control and keyless start.

Easy-to-understand vehicle data is displayed on the 7” digital instrument cluster to keep the driver fully informed on battery status and energy usage.

Standard features on the Corsa-e Elite trim, over the SC trim, include a 10” colour touchscreen, premium half leather effect seat trim, 17” alloy wheels, panoramic rear view camera, front and rear parking sensors, folding/heated door mirrors, intelligent speed adaption, and keyless entry and start, alarm and side blind spot alert and flank guard.

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Influx of visitors heightens Covid fears

Dara Bradley

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Saolta CEO Tony Canavan

Local health chiefs are planning for the worst case scenario of a second surge of Coronavirus brought on by domestic tourism – as ‘staycationers’ from parts of the country where the virus is more prevalent carry it into the west.

There has been just one new confirmed case of Covid-19 in Galway in the past week, and just a handful of new cases in the past several weeks.

But the authorities fear tourists from parts of the country more affected by the virus will result in an increase here during August and September.

There are also concerns that there are not enough beds in the public health system to cope with a resurgence of Covid-19 alongside regular winter hospital admissions.

Tony Canavan, CEO of Saolta, which manages public hospitals in the West, at the HSE West Regional Health Forum this week, said health workers are anxious that the deadly virus will spread to the West, as the reopening of society continues.

“There are concerns among those working in the health system associated with Government plans to reopen society and the economy, even though we know that is absolutely necessary and important for the well-being of the population as a whole.

“But the concerns we have relate to the greater movement of people whether it’s going to and from work, or going about their business, whether it’s attending the shops or entertainment events and so on, and that greater movement of people creates an environment where the risk of the spread of Covid-19 is increased.

“We’re particularly concerned in the West and North West, that there would be a level of movement of people associated with tourism at this time of year,” said Mr Canavan.

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Chanelle McCoy unveils her clinically proven cannabinoid cure

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Chanelle McCoy (left) and Caroline Glynn with their new Pureis product line in Galway this week. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The usage of CBD food supplements to treat a whole raft of illnesses and conditions in recent years has given rise to concern that many of the products currently on the market are being sold to consumers without any clinical trials to verify their safety.

It was the rise in demand for these products that first caught the attention of well-known Loughrea business woman Chanelle McCoy who this week, together with her business partner and fellow Galwegian Caroline Glynn, launched the first CBD product on the Irish market that has been clinically proven to be safe – Pureis.

Chanelle, whose family business Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea has a proven track record in the medical world, stepped back from that venture five years ago to focus on her own Chanelle McCoy Health.

“My family business in Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea and so I’ve worked there for about 18 years. When I joined the business, it was a veterinary business and my father and I co-founded the medical side of the business. Then I was lucky to have the opportunity to lead that medical business over the last 18 years with a great team and with Caroline working with me,” says Chanelle of the beginning of her working relationship with Caroline.

“We bought the medical business into 96 countries around the world and we got over 2,500 product licences granted across those 96 countries. We would be looking at products in terms of what to put into the R&D pipeline and I started looking at CBD back in 2015, probably inspired a bit by Vera Twomey and the inability for moms like her to access good quality CBD products for kids like Ava,” she says, explaining that Cork woman Vera Twomey’s plight to secure cannabidiol treatment for her daughter’s epilepsy was a real eye-opener.

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State can’t leave Galway addiction services in limbo

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Any further delay in setting up an alcohol addiction treatment service in Galway City will result in more deaths, including suicides, of problem drinkers – and cause ‘total devastation’ to local families, addiction experts have warned.

Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI) has demanded that the Health Service Executive (HSE) immediately establishes an alcohol treatment service in the city.

The professional body which accredits counsellors claims that GPs in Galway are ‘flooded’ with drink-related patients, and the Emergency Department ‘can’t cope’ with the level of alcohol admissions.

It said the long-awaited alcohol addiction treatment service planned for the city would save lives and save tens of thousands of euro on alcohol-related emergency admissions at University Hospital Galway.

Some €470,000 a year funding for the service was announced by the previous Government last December; and a commitment for the service was contained in the Programme for Government agreed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party.

This week, Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton, a Minister of State in the new administration, confirmed that some €225,000 for the service from now to Christmas, is available in the 2020 HSE budget to get the service up and running.

Local addiction counsellors have now demanded that the HSE urgently hire the staff, and source a building, to roll out the alcohol addiction service, which has been absent for the past seven years.

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