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Enterprise buys independent Ireland car hire firm Dan Dooley

Dan Dooley Car RentalsThe CEO of Ireland’s Dan Dooley Car Rentals has confirmed the firm will merge with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. CEO Pat Dooley said the new partnership would ensure Dan Dooley continued to grow and to provide customers with the best choices when hiring cars and vans.

Mr Dooley explained that Enterprise had the capital to invest in expanding the independent company. He added that being a part of a global enterprise would also provide enhanced career opportunities for Dooley’s current staff. Local media sources noted that Mr Dooley himself was expected to take on an advisory role in the new company.

Dooley’s general manager, Gerry McDermott, will remain in his present role and ensure the successful integration of the company and its 50-plus staff into the operational structure of Enterprise Ireland. The buyout will see the Dooley fleet of about 1,400 cars and vans transferred to Enterprise.

The deal also sees Enterprise take over Dooley’s vehicle hire contracts and contacts with various organisations. The Enterprise takeover does not apply to other sectors of the Dan Dooley Group, such as its car sales outlets, which will remain independent.

Dan Dooley Car Rentals operates more than 20 service outlets in Ireland. It has branches at airports serving Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Kerry. Other locations include Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Larne Ferryport, Shannon, Galway and Limerick.

The modern fleet ranges from hatchback cars and small vans to luxury vehicles. Enterprise is US based and is the planet’s biggest car hire supplier. The group is represented in 80-plus countries and its main subsidiary brands are Alamo and National Car Rental.

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