Laois Senator John Whelan has hailed a surge in car sales in Laois as proof the economy is recovering.
New car registrations in Laois rose by 29 percent. 1,389 cars registered from January to August, up from 1,074 in 2014.
“Car registrations are an excellent indicator of economic activity, these figures give us good hope. It is proof that consumer sentiment is rising in Laois. People are spending with confidence once again,” the Labour senator said.
Looking nationally, he said “unemployment is at a six-year low, 1300 jobs are being created a week”.
Irish car sales are set to exceed 100,000 for the first time since 2008. In Offaly 1,441 new cars registered, up 25%, with 1,395 in Carlow, up 23 percent.