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Eight electric cars licensed in Roscommon in first half of 2019

 

 

 

 

 

In the first half of 2019 there were eight electric and 106 hybrid cars licensed in Roscommon – accounting for 0.2% and 3.3% respectively of new private car sales.

  Experts at Insuremycars.ie say that sales are increasing at a slow and steady pace, a progression they expect to quicken as people realise the cost savings available when it comes to insuring these vehicles both on a private and commercial basis.

  Jonathan Hehir, Managing Director of Insuremycars.ie commented: “The licensing and sales of e-cars, while still small, are on the rise – with an increase of almost 70% in the first half of this year alone. These increases are in the face of a car sales market that is in decline, with the overall number of car sales so far this year showing a decrease of 12.2% compared to 2018.

  “It’s interesting to take a closer look at the regional distribution of electric and hybrid vehicles – what makes them more popular in some counties than others? For electric cars the CSO reports Roscommon had 0.2% of new private car sales for the first half of 2019, while Wicklow had the largest proportion (4.7%), followed by Kildare (3.6%) and Leitrim (3.5%). For hybrid vehicles, they accounted for 3.3% of private car sales in Roscommon, with Longford having the highest proportion (14.6%), followed by Galway (13.1%) and Cavan (12.5%)”.

  Despite increases, the company say they have noticed that people are still, to a large extent, unaware of the impact that going electric can have on insurance premiums.

  Mr. Hehir continued: “In most cases, going electric will bring the price you pay down. Deciding whether or not to go electric often comes down to affordability for people – they have to see a financial incentive. For this reason, we have also negotiated a special discount of between 8-12% for electric car drivers, making premiums for electric cars significantly cheaper than petrol or diesel cars”.

 

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Cash and gold ring stolen

 

Gardaí in Roscommon town are appealing for information following a break-in at a residence at The Walk in Roscommon town on the night of Wednesday, September 11th. A very small amount of cash and a gold ring was taken from the house which was unoccupied at the time.  Gardaí are interested in speaking to anyone who may have noticed a vehicle or persons acting suspiciously in the area at any time on Wednesday evening but particularly from 8.30 pm to 9.15 pm.

 

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Gardaí investigate attempted break-in at Lidl

 

 

Roscommon Gardaí are investigating an attempted break-in at Lidl on the Lanesboro Road, Roscommon town in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

  Considerable damage was done to the store’s alarm system but it is believed those involved were disturbed by Gardaí responding to the alarm.

  Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area from approximately 3.30 am to 4 am on Sunday morning to contact them at Roscommon Garda Station on 090-6638300.

  They are particularly interested in speaking to taxi drivers or other motorists who may have noticed suspicious activity in the area on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

 

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Oh no…not an eight-month campaign!

 

 

It was entirely reasonable for An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to suggest, as he did last week, that he would ideally like to see the next General Election taking place in May of 2020.

  Entirely reasonable, but still problematic. We’ve all known for some time that an election is not that far away. An election, in truth, could happen at any time, uncertainty over Brexit notwithstanding.

  However, once a date, or in this case preferred date, is named, the political dynamic tends to change. No blame attached to Leo; he’s entitled to put his view out there. Maybe he’s trying to apply pressure on Micheál Martin and FF, trying to ensure that if an election happens before May the blame will fall squarely on that party.

  But, by publicly alluding to May, Leo has pretty much strayed into Fergie territory. Remember when the great Alex Ferguson announced many years ago that he was going to leave Manchester United at the end of the season? It had a disastrous short-term effect at the club, creating uncertainty and rendering Ferguson a ‘lame duck’ for a while (he decided to stay in the end, and the rest is history).

  By talking up May, Varadkar has arguably kick-started the election campaign already. A mood shift has occurred since Leo said his piece. FG and FF Deputies spent much of the weekend sniping in the media. The gloves almost off, this despite the fact that FF are propping up the Government.

  On Tuesday night, Micheál Martin was – kind of – dragged into it, getting little digs in at the Government when pressed by Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates. Yes, in a normal week or month, FF & FG exchange jibes, but just now, there is a danger that we are entering an eight-month campaign.

  The fear is that the election campaign, even subconsciously, is virtually starting. And if FG, FF and the rest really do start electioneering this early, will much constructive work actually be done? 

 

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