Enterprise Rent-a-Car Ireland, a subsidiary of US car rental giant Enterprise Rent-A-Car has acquired Dooley Car Rentals, the subsidiary and the car rental division of the Dan Dooley Group. "I've always admired the Dooley brand, which, like Enterprise, has a culture that's built upon excellent customer service," said George O'Connor, the managing director the Irish branch of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The purchase includes a fleet of over 1400 vehicles, and the continuation of their business which includes international customers and contracts. "Both companies are family-owned, entrepreneurial and customer centric. We are both proud of our history in Ireland. Dooley Car Rentals has been service customers for more than 50 years, while Enterprise, which began in the United States 60 years ago, celebrates its 20th anniversary in Ireland this year."
Gerry McDermott, the operations director and general manager of Dooley Car Rentals, will not be replaced and will continue to be the leader of Dooley Car Rentals and operate independently of of Enterprise. Dooley Car Rentals has about 50 employees and Pat Dooley will remain in an advisory role. The Dan Dooley Group includes Ford dealerships in Tipperary and County Limerick, but they are not affected by the new agreement. "We have made significant investment in the Dooley Car Rental business and brand, and the sale of the business to Enterprise Rent-a-car will ensure that the investment continues in the future so as to grow the business," said Pat Dooley, CEO of the Dan Dooley Group. "Enterprise's ability to invest in growing the new business will also present opportunities for Dooley employees within a global corporation." Enterprise Rent-a-Car brand is owned by Enterprise Holdings, which combined with all its subsidiaries is the world's largest car rental company in both by fleet and revenue. The company operates in over 85 countries and last year reported revenue of over €17.5 billion last year. The 50 new employees of Dooley Car Rentals will join the already 100,000 employees of Enterprise of over 9600 locations. The 1400 vehicles of the Irish fleet will be joining the 1.9 million of the global fleet. The total sum for the purchase has not been disclosed.