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Electric Cars – what you need to know

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Electric vehicles are fast becoming the preferred choice for new car buyers.

There are many types of EVs on the market today from battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs).
A BEV is a vehicle that uses a battery as the sole means of energy storage for the propulsion of the vehicle. A BEV does not have a fossil fuel engine or generator.

A plug in hybrid vehicle has both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. The electric battery can be charged by the combustion engine or via plug in from an electricity source. The battery’s energy is recharged by the engine, wheel motion or by plugging into a charge point.

An additional type of plug in hybrid is called a range extender electric vehicle. This type of EV has a small petrol powered generator to recharge the battery and allow extended range when the battery level is low.

There are many benefits if you choose an electric vehicle.

Better for the environment

This is one of the biggest advantages, pure electric vehicles have no tailpipe so they produce less harmful emissions than an internal combustion engine.

Lower running costs. It is estimated that fuelling an EV can cost 80% less that fuelling a comparable petrol vehicle.

Lower maintenance costs. Did you know there is less brake pad wear on an electric vehicle because the motor slows the vehicle before friction braking is needed. The energy goes back to the battery, instead of wearing out your brake pads. In addition many EV drivers experience less tyre wear.

Driving distance

Hybrids do not have any issue for overall driving range. However pure battery electric vehicles come with a variety of driving ranges. Typical EV ranges go from 100kms up to 500kms. According to the sustainable energy authority 80% of car journeys in Ireland cover distances of 20km on under.

There are grants available of up to €5,000 if you as a private buyer purchase a new BEV or plug in hybrid.
There are over 41,000 electric vehicles and plug in hybrids on Irish roads today. From an insurance perspective EVs are quoted by all the major insurance markets.

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Marie was “lovely, unassuming lady”

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30. Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30.

Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business family in Killarney – her brother runs KWD Recycling and she was heavily involved in the business.

She was best known for involvement in the local GAA both as a county star and a member of Fossa GAA Club.

She was a third generation Kerry footballer, her grandfather Con and father John all played football for Kerry.

She was extremely proud of her niece Abbie, her brother Seán’s daughter, when she became the fourth generation Murphy to play for Kerry.

Marie played for Kerry in 1976 and re-joined Fossa GAA Club in 2010 when the ladies’ side of the club was re-formed.

She acted as a mentor for current group of ladies.

Back in 2019 when Fossa GAA Club published a book to mark its 50th anniversary she was one of the leading lights on that committee.

This year, when the club held its Night of Legends to raise funds for a new dressing room for the ladies’ club, Marie was one of the guests of honour at the INEC event and was interviewed on the stage in front of a capacity audience.

Only a few weeks ago she was one of the many club members who helped organise the Fossa Golf Classic and acted as official photographer for that event.

“The club is numb with sadness,” said Fossa GAA chairman Dermot Clifford. “She was a loyal member and very proud of the club. Our thoughts are with her family. A lovely, unassuming lady who will be sorely missed.”

Marie will be sadly missed by her brothers Con, Seamus and Seán, sisters-in-law Breda, Gennie and Anna, her nieces Shauna, Amy, Kate and Abigail, nephews John, Jack, Luke, aunties Mairead and Maura, cousins, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

She was laid to rest at Old Aghadoe Cemetery on Monday following Requiem Mass at The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa.

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Kerry Airport to get almost €1.5m funding

Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025. All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released […]

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Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released under the scheme.

Kerry Airport will get €1,434,355 to put towards vital safety operations like air traffic control, fire services and security.

The CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, welcomed the funding.

“We are grateful to Minister Naughton, the Department of Transport and Kerry’s two Government TDs, Minister Norma Foley and Deputy Brendan Griffin for their continued support,” he said.

“The funding will help to ensure that Kerry Airport remains compliant with regulatory requirements in key areas, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.”

Funding this year for airports will total over €37 million building on the €161 million provided in unprecedented aviation supports during 2021.

“I welcome this funding which will deliver further vital financial supports to Kerry Airport with a particular focus on safety, security operations and air traffic control,” Minister Foley said.

“This funding reinforces the importance and value that Government places on the vital role of our regional airports and how connectivity directly supports tourism and enterprise in Kerry.”

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