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CAR SALES in County Wick­low de­creased by 1.63% in 2018, a slighter de­crease than the na­tional av­er­age of a 4.4%, some­thing which has been largely at­trib­uted to the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing Brexit.

In to­tal, 2,723 new ve­hi­cles were reg­is­tered in Wick­low over the course of 2018. The ma­jor­ity of these (955) were sold in Jan­uary, with an­other sales bump oc­cur­ring in July (538) with the ar­rival of the 182 plates.

Fe­bru­ary and March also re­mained strong for sales with 362 and 292 cars sold re­spec­tively, be­fore tak­ing a dip to 180 and 109 in April and May, and just 29 new cars were sold in June.

To­wards the sec­ond half of the year, 132 cars were sold in Au­gust be­fore sales dipped to 62 in Septem­ber, 49 in Oc­to­ber, 14 in Novem­ber and just one sale in De­cem­ber.

While sales fig­ures were higher than that the same month in 2017 for six months of the year (Jan­uary, April, July, Au­gust, Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber), sig­nif­i­cant de­creases in five months of the year – most no­tably a 31.11% drop in Septem­ber – re­sulted in the 1.63% de­crease over­all.

Na­tion­ally, new elec­tric car regis­tra­tions for 2018 have in­creased with 1,233 reg­is­tered in com­par­i­son to 622 in 2017. Diesel and petrol mar­ket shares have moved closer na­tion­ally, a trend re­flected in the Gar­den County.

• In terms of brands, Volk­swa­gen sold most cars in Wick­low (328), fol­lowed by Hyundai (325), Toy­ota (254), Nis­san (251), Skoda (246), Kia (218), Ford (183), Peu­geot (155), Audi (92), and Opel (86).

• The top sell­ing ve­hi­cle in Wick­low was the Hyundai Tuc­son, which had 107 new regis­tra­tions.

• Of the 2,723 new cars reg­is­tered in Wick­low last year, 1,250 were petrol while 1,213 were diesel. One-hun­dred-and-eighty­one petrol elec­tric cars were reg­is­tered with 57 elec­tric and 22 petrol/plug-in elec­tric hy­brids sold.

• Al­most 37 per cent of the new cars sold in County Wick­low last year were of the jeep/SUV stan­dard va­ri­ety.

• Eight-hun­dred-and-eighty-six hatch­backs were sold in the county, rep­re­sent­ing al­most 33% of the to­tal. 32.46% of new cars reg­is­tered were MPVs.

• The ma­jor­ity of cars reg­is­tered in Wick­low (74.62%) were man­ual trans­mis­sion.

• Grey was the pre­ferred colour for the ma­jor­ity of Wick­low car buy­ers, with 38.16% choos­ing to buy in that colour. Just over 16% picked white or ivory, while 15.75% opted for black and 13.15% chose red/ma­roon. Com­ment­ing on the fig­ures, SIMI Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Des­ig­nate Brian Cooke said that, de­spite the chal­lenges, the in­dus­try was look­ing ahead and con­cen­trat­ing on the new 191 sales pe­riod, ad­ding that Jan­uary and the first quar­ter of the year would be the key fo­cus for deal­ers.

‘In this con­text, the new car mar­ket is hugely com­pet­i­tive, with a wide choice of mod­els and creative in­cen­tives, as well as the avail­abil­ity of a va­ri­ety of fi­nanc­ing op­tions driv­ing real value for new car cus­tomers.

‘For con­sumers look­ing at the used car mar­ket, whether an Ir­ish car or a used im­port, SIMI’s ad­vice is to shop around and con­sider the real ben­e­fits of shop­ping in your local re­tailer, who not only pro­vide value to the cus­tomer but also en­cour­age eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity lo­cally,’ said Mr Cooke. THE fu­neral of Judge Wil­liam Hamill took place in Christ Church, Del­gany yes­ter­day (Tues­day).

Trib­utes to Judge Hamill, who died at the week­end, were led by his col­league on the bench, Judge Ger­ard Haughton, at Wex­ford District Court on Mon­day.

Judge Haughton, who lives in Wick­low, com­mented that he had known the de­ceased all of his ju­di­cial life and de­scribed him as a ‘phe­nom­e­nal’ judge.

The court heard Judge Haughton trace the ca­reer of a man he called his friend from his first ap­point­ment as a tem­po­rary judge early in 1986.

He spent much of his time as a ‘move­able’ mem­ber of the District Court, though he also served stints in both the Dublin Metropoli­tan district and on the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court. He also sat on oc­ca­sion at Bray and Wick­low District Courts.

‘Wil­liam Hamill was a gi­ant of man in ev­ery way and ev­ery sense, phys­i­cally and men­tally,’ said Judge Haughton. ‘His knowl­edge of law was im­mense and, as a judge, he was phe­nom­e­nal.’

It was noted that one of the ma­jor pro­fes­sional con­cerns of the de­ceased was the is­sue of bench war­rants is­sued by the courts for the ar­rest of de­fen­dants who fail to at­tend.

Judge Haughton re­vealed that he had can­celled a cou­ple of war­rants that day (Mon­day) is­sued by Judge Hamill back in 2007, which were never ex­e­cuted.

The court of­fered sym­pa­thy to Judge Hamill’s wi­dow Rosemary and the cou­ple’s chil­dren, Louisa and Felic­ity.

Speak­ing on be­half of the Wex­ford so­lic­i­tors, Cor­mac Dun­leavy said he had been shocked to hear the sad news.

Judge Hamill would be missed in Wex­ford where he had at­tended courts on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, said Mr Dun­leavy.

Also shocked was the Wick­low based so­lic­i­tor David Tar­rant.

He told the court how he had been un­aware of the pass­ing of the judge un­til in­formed by a fel­low so­lic­i­tor on ar­rival at the sit­ting in Wex­ford.

Mr Tar­rant said he last saw Judge Hamill in July and re­called a man who had a great sense of hu­mour.

His words of sym­pa­thy to the Hamill fam­ily were echoed by Sergeant Gary Rayner, rep­re­sent­ing the gar­daí, and by court clerk Ciara O’Neill.

Yes­ter­day’s (Tues­day’s) sit­ting of the District Court in Wex­ford started late, to al­low mourn­ers at­tend the fu­neral Mass in Christ Church Del­gany.

The Hyundai Tuc­son was the top sell­ing ve­hi­cle in Co Wick­low in 2018.

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