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The old motors that just keep on giving
May24

The old motors that just keep on giving

Given how hard is it to tax, insure and maintain an older car, why do so many of us drive them? By Geraldine Herbert Siobhan Carroll almost cried when she traded in her black 2002 Suzuki Swift. For 12 years she owned “Sammy” the car that saw her through college, two jobs and 165,000 kilometres. “I have nothing but good memories of the car,” says Siobhan. “One of the best was a journey from Dublin to Kerry for an October...

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Dispelling the Myths on Drink Driving
May17

Dispelling the Myths on Drink Driving

An Oireachtas Transport Committee is currently debating a change to the legislation on drink-driving proposed by Minister for Transport Shane Ross. The RSA look at some of the myths about drink driving   What is the change in the legislation on drink-driving proposed by Minister for Transport Shane Ross? Under the current law, driving disqualifications are only handed out for first offences above the 80mg per 100ml level. The...

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Third place finish for Alyx Coby
May16

Third place finish for Alyx Coby

12 year old Alyx Coby on track for bigger things 12-year-old Alyx Coby, from Newbridge, Co. Kildare, secured her first podium finish of the season at Round 3 of the Motorsport Ireland Karting Championship in Athboy, Co. Meath last weekend. The sixth class student from Gaelscoil Chill Dara is competing in the IAME X30 Junior class, which caters for drivers aged 12 to 16 and Coby is the youngest driver on the grid. Coby got the day off...

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Avoid Car Hire Rip Offs
May15

Avoid Car Hire Rip Offs

There is nothing like having the use of a car on holidays but it’s a luxury that can prove very expensive writes Geraldine Herbert From fluctuating costs depending on the time of year to confusion over fuel payment policies, hiring a car when abroad can be a stressful ordeal.  A survey by the AA found 40% of Irish people had a bad experience with a car hire company. If you plan ahead, budget wisely and do some research, you can save...

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Number of pre-registered cars rises
May12

Number of pre-registered cars rises

Cars sales are down but there are still growing numbers of nearly-new cars writes Geraldine Herbert Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) this week confirms that  car sales are down on last year. April Sales were down 9.6% on the same period last year and for January to April the decline is 10.9%. According to the CSO 74,180 new cars were registered by the end of April this year. But this falls nearly 10,000 short of the...

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A Timeless Masterpiece  – The Alfa 156
May11

A Timeless Masterpiece – The Alfa 156

First introduced in 1997, the 156 is an Alfa Romeo worth remembering Divorce becomes legal, The English Patient is best picture and the Pokémon craze finally makes life worth living. Princess Diana dies; Mary McAleese is elected, Steve Jobs re-joins Apple and South Park makes its debut. With all this going on it would be easy to forget that 1997 was a vintage year to be in the market for a new car. Toyota’s first Avensis premiered...

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