SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards

In Partnership With Bank Of Ireland Finance

SIMI Annual Dinner & Irish Motor Industry Awards

This year the Society’s Annual Dinner incorporating the SIMI/Bank of Ireland Irish Motor Industry Awards were held on Thursday, 21st February at the Clayton Hotel- Burlington Road, Dublin 4. SIMI President, Gerard O’Farrell welcomed over 700 senior Motor Industry figures and guests in attendance. 

A highlight of the event was the announcement of the SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards in partnership with sponsor Bank of Ireland Finance and Oliver Callan as master of ceremonies. Prior to their announcement, SIMI President Gerard O’Farrell addressed the large attendance, remarking that rather than dwelling on the difficult trading environment that the Industry has been enduring, he would prefer to emphasise the exciting future ahead.  


Reinforcing the Motor Industry’s commitment towards zero emissions, Mr O’Farrell warned against short-term decisions, based on a simplistic view of the environmental and air quality challenges facing Ireland. He emphasised “the need for an agreed, realistic, roadmap with ambitious targets based on an understanding of what can be achieved”. This, he said, needs to be a multi-annual commitment, led by Government and involving all of the stakeholders.” 

Mr O’Farrell outlined how “the creation of Autonomous, Connected, Electric and shared technologies will offer potential for high calibre job creation and significant economic growth. Ireland is well positioned to play a leading role in developing the technology underpinning such vehicles and their operation.” The President called upon the Government to act now, to prepare the national infrastructure and reduce our exposure to risk as these vehicles become more mainstream. He called for the development of a cohesive policy, which will allow Ireland to be at the forefront of knowledge creation. 
   
While outlining the wide-range of potential career opportunities available, the President also addressed the immediate challenge of attracting and recruiting sufficient numbers of apprentices and other trainee professionals. He encouraged the Industry to focus on increasing the intake of apprentices and other trainees in order to safe-guard against potential skills shortages in the future. 


In closing the President welcomed the exciting developments and challenges that lie ahead that, if harnessed correctly, could be a real economic prize for Ireland.  

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Open to all sectors of the Irish Motor Industry, ten Award Categories in total were presented by Brian Cooke Director General Designate of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) and Derek McDermott, Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance, the event sponsors. 

SIMI President, Gerard O’Farrell
Oliver Callan Master of Ceremonies
Brian Cooke Director General Designate SIMI and Derek McDermott, Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance presenting the awards

SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards Winners

Open to all sectors of the Irish Motor Industry, ten Award Categories in total were presented by Brian Cooke Director General Designate of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) and Derek McDermott, Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance, the event sponsors. 

The 10th Annual Awards, which celebrate best practice in the Irish Motor Industry, are set to once again acknowledge the hard work and successful achievements of SIMI Members. Celebrating everything that is good about the automotive trade, the Awards are open to the widest 
possible cross-section of the Irish Motor Industry, and I’m positive they will generate the healthy 

Category Award Winners on the night were 
• Franchised Sales Operation of the Year - Tom Murphy Car Sales, Waterford 
• Franchised Aftersales Operation of the Year- Kevin Egan Cars, Sligo 
• Commercial Vehicle Operation of the Year- Fitzgerald Commercial Ltd, Co Cork 
• Independent Sales Operation of the Year- Auto Assure Ltd, Co. Louth 
• Independent Aftersales Operation of the Year- Autokey, Dublin 
• Innovation in Fleet Management Solutions- Provision Vehicle Cameras Dublin  
• Vehicle Recovery Operator of the Year- Dysart Breakdown Recovery Repairs Ltd t/a Dysart Motors Co. Laois 
• Bodyshop of the Year- Pratt's Auto Bodyshop, Carlow 
• Innovation in Bodyshop Operation - Accident Repair Centre, Dublin 
• Motor Factor of the Year- Parts for Cars, Dublin 

Franchised Sales Operation of the Year - Tom Murphy Car Sales, Waterford
Franchised Aftersales Operation of the Year- Kevin Egan Cars, Sligo 
Commercial Vehicle Operation of the Year, Fitzgerald Commercial Ltd, Co Cork
Independent Sales Operation of the Year- Auto Assure Ltd, Co. Louth 
Independent Aftersales Operation of the Year- Autokey, Dublin 
Innovation in Fleet Management Solutions- Provision Vehicle Cameras Dublin
Vehicle Recovery Operator of the Year- Dysart Breakdown Recovery Repairs Ltd t/a Dysart Motors Co. Laois 
Innovation in Bodyshop Operation - Accident Repair Centre, Dublin 
Bodyshop of the Year- Pratt's Auto Bodyshop, Carlow
Motor Factor of the Year- Parts for Cars, Dublin 

2019 Special Recognition Awards 

A special recognition award, in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority,
was presented to the Garda Press Office for their contribution towards road safety. 

An award for outstanding service was presented to Alan Nolan Director General of SIMI 
who has given over 40 years service to the Society and Irish Motor Industry. 

SIMI President Gerard O'Farrell, Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn, Moyagh Murdock Chief Executive Road Safety Authority, Andrew McLindon Gárda Press Office, Brian Cooke SIMI Director General Designate
Alan Nolan Director General SIMI