Monday 20 November 2017

In Brief: Classifieds website gives users unique insight into running costs of each car

CarsIreland.ie is now the only car classified website in the Irish market where users can view each car's running costs.

The new feature allows users to see running cost data on each used car listed on the site. Unique to CarsIreland.ie, it includes how many miles to the gallon the car is capable of and what the annual tax will be.

The data was included due to changes in consumer behaviour following soaring fuel prices and changes to the motor tax system, whereby annual tax is now linked to the cars emissions.

This information is now available via the main CarsIreland.ie website, mobile site and apps.

STUD FARMS ANGRY OVER WINDFARM PLAN

TOP Irish thoroughbred horse-breeders are on a collision course with the government over Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte's support of proposals to build a network of windfarms across the countryside.

Plans to build windfarms across the country have already sparked community-led protests across a swathe of counties, such as Westmeath, Roscommon, Offaly Meath and Laois.

However, serious concerns are developing across Kildare in particular that the monster windfarms may damage Ireland's lucrative studfarm industry.

Labour Senator John Whelan told the Sunday Independent that he shared "the well-founded concerns of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association over the serious risks posed to their sector by this unbridled proliferation of over 2,500 giant wind turbines planned across the entire midlands''.

CORRECTION: PLAY BY COLLAPSING HORSE

LAST Sunday we incorrectly named a play by the theatre company Collapsing Horse at the Dublin Theatre Festival as Confusion Boats. The correct name of the production is Distance from the Event.

NEW ANTI-BULLYING RULES FOR SCHOOLS

NEW anti-bullying procedures for all primary and post-primary schools that fully incorporate addressing and preventing homophobic and transphobic abuse have been introduced by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn.

The procedures and guidelines must be implemented by all schools.

"These new procedures, which are mandatory for both primary and post-primary schools, provide the opportunity to radically transform the lives of young LGBT people in every school in the country and make Irish schools safe, supportive and affirming for young LGBT people," said Sandra Irwin-Gowran, director of education policy at GLEN.

GOODS EXPORTS CLIMB BY 3 PER CENT

TRADE figures published by the CSO show that goods exports in July rose 3 per cent on June. This led to a seasonally adjusted trade balance of €3.21bn, which is an 8 per cent increase on the previous month.

The agri-food sector continues to perform well with exports of food and live animals up by 8 per cent for January-July compared with the same period last year. Chemicals and related products continue to dominate our exports with this sector accounting for over €30bn in exports for the year to date, making up 59 per cent of total merchandise exports.

FARMLEIGH TO HOST INAUGURAL NEPAL DAY

THE first ever Nepal Day will be held at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on September 29.

Organised by the Nepalese community and friends of Nepal in Ireland in co-ordination with the Nepal Embassy for Ireland and the UK, this historic event is being organised to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1963.

Sunday Independent

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