RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT - If the spheres of religion, motoring and rambling op-ed columns were three sets in a journalistic Venn diagram, then their intersection would contain William Scholes.
He has the pleasures of writing about faith and cars for the Irish News, a blend of God and mammon likely to be unique in daily newspapers, perhaps for good reason.
He is possibly the only journalist to have reported from the funeral of Pope John Paul II, driven an electric BMW i3 at the Brands Hatch race track, a Ferrari round the Ards Peninsula and to have been in St Peter's Square for the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict and Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. He has held the coveted 'tidiest desk in the newsroom' title every year since joining the Irish News in 2002.
IN a further sign of the motor industry's dramatic and rapid shift to electric vehicles, six of the seven cars shortlisted for the 2022 European Car of the Year title are powered by batteries, writes William Scholes
As highlighted on these pages in recent weeks through the Dacia Sandero Stepway and Kia XCeed, it seems no size of car is safe from being given the faux SUV treatment these days, writes William Scholes