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SIMI president says introduction of ‘split year’ registration has been crucial

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SIMI President, James Brooks.

The motor industry in Ireland has been told to look to the future with renewed confidence, with sales of both new and second-hand cars picking up, helped in no small part by the introduction of the new ‘split year’ registration plate.

Speaking at the Society of the Irish Motor Industry’s annual dinner in Dublin last Friday night, society president, James Brookes, said that consumer confidence, coupled with the availability of finance, has given a lift for the industry.

Stating that the Industry had turned a corner, he acknowledged that the second registration plate was a contributing factor which now gives the Industry a second sales peak each year. He thanked all involved in delivering this better system. He also noted the Industry’s work in areas such as End of life Vehicles (ELVES) the structural repair of vehicles (CSS) and Commercial Vehicle Testing (VTN).

Commenting on the increase in passenger car sales – up 32% so far this year – and Light commercial vehicles sales, which are up 70%, Mr Brooks noted that consumers are starting to spend again.

However registrations in the HGV market are off to a slow start for a variety of reasons, amongst which, the implementation of a new type approval processes is slowing down registrations, and this is a cause for concern. It is hoped that additional resources will be delivered urgently to solve the current situation as quickly as possible, he said.

He also complimented the Road Safety Authority for its work in relation to the standards of vehicles on our roads and underlined how crucial this is.

“Last year, 51% of cars failed their NCT test, only 30% of cars fail their first NCT at four year’s old but at nine years old, almost 70% fail. Almost 700,000 cars failed the NCT last year so at any point in time a significant number of cars on the road are likely to be unsafe,” he said.

He suggested that it should be illegal to sell tyres below a minimum tread depth and the same should apply to those on used cars being sold, no matter who is selling it. It would also make sense to require a new full NCT Cert at the point when a used car is of being sold to a new owner. He emphasised that SIMI is committed to working with the RSA in relation to such safety projects.

“The Industry itself has an obligation to do something to help improve the safety of older cars on our roads. We have all been touched by the consequences of fatal accidents, it’s not about business; it’s about saving lives,” he said.

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WDC helps you make your move

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The outdoor office....Karen Sweeney, Regional Communications Executive, Western Development Commission and Allan Mulrooney, Head of Communications, WDC and AEC Development.

The Western Development Commission has launched a new online jobs portal aimed at attracting professionals and their families to make new lives in Co. Galway and the West.

Westernjobs.ie will help job seekers to find open roles across the region and assist employers in gauging the availability and depth of skills that they require.

With more and more people working remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the WDC is encouraging people to make a permanent and viable move to the West where they can enjoy housing costs that are among the lowest in Ireland.

A tool specifically for the West of Ireland has never previously been available. Movers can avail of the many job options including remote working and hybrid options as full-time and part-time open across multiple sectors.

The new portal – which is free to use – will not only give job seekers the chance to land a dream job, it will also give employers information on the talent pool available to them in a particular county in the Western region.

Research carried out by the WDC in January found that 50 percent of large employers in the region were faced with a limited skills pool for open positions while 32.65 percent experience difficulty finding senior staff.

Hundreds of new jobs have been announced in the Western region in 2021 and there are currently open roles available across sectors such as ecommerce, MedTech, IT and engineering.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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More women seek unpaid leave to look after childcare in the home

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Working from home...participants wanted for western survey.

Female workers have borne more of the brunt of Covid than their male counterparts – with significantly more women than men requesting unpaid leave to look after childcare in the home.

That’s according to a survey published this week by Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, which also reveals that almost half of its members said that more women than men had requested changes to their working patterns to facilitate caring responsibilities.

And according to Ibec, the findings confirm the growing concerns that Covid has the potential to regress hard-earned progress in gender equity.

The survey, carried out in March, sought to examine the impact of Covid on women.

It found that 20% of organisations had noticed a change in the position of women in their organisations over the past twelve months – including increased pressure and stress for women, childcare responsibilities, and requests from women for worktime flexibility to accommodate childcare and/or eldercare.

“Historically, women are disproportionately impacted by crises, disasters, and societal disruption, and Covid-19 checks all those boxes,” said Ibec Head of Social Policy, Dr. Kara McGann.

“Our survey findings confirm that Covid-19 has accentuated long standing gender imbalances across several dimensions, threatening hard won markers of gender equity.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Securing Digital Hub would create over 300 jobs in the next three years

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Minister Hildegarde Naughten....significant boost.

The west and north-west could be on course to become the location for a European Digital Innovation Hub – providing local businesses with access to technological services and creating over 300 jobs in the next three years.

If successful, more than 575 jobs are also expected to be created indirectly during the same period, and the number of direct jobs created by the hub is predicted to rise to over 1,600 within the next decade.

A network of EDIHs is being established by the European Commission as part of the Digital Europe Programme, which will support companies and organisations in their digital transformations, sharing the latest advances in areas like cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and high-performance computing.

The region has been made a designated candidate EDIH for Ireland, which will now be included in a restricted call for EDIHs to be launched by the European Commission next month. Only four projects have been selected from a competitive national field.

Its bid to be chosen as an EDIH location was supported by local Minister Hildegarde Naughton, who hailed the move as a potential major boost for local enterprises and the regional economy.

“I am hoping that this will be a significant boost for the western and north-western region, and extremely positive news particularly for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that would benefit from access to the hub at an important time for technological innovation. I will now be working with my colleagues in Europe in support of the Western – Northwest proposal,” she said.

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