Europcar

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Colm Brady, managing director of Europcar Ireland. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Do you really need to own a car? It’s a question raised by many motorists during the Covid-19 crisis as they watch an expensive asset sitting idle on (...)

Ross Murray (left), chief executive of Welltel, with Intellicom director Neil Wisdom.

Dublin-based communications company Welltel has acquired Irish voice and data services business Intellicom in a €5.5 million deal. The acquisition, w(...)

Karl McDermott, head of 3Connected Solutions: ‘DCU Alpha is the leading centre for IoT development in Ireland, if not in Europe.’ Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Co-located with Dublin City University, DCU Alpha is a research-intensive innovation campus with a particular focus on internet of things (IoT) techno(...)

Glantus, founded in 2014, provides specialist solutions to the education, retail, construction and financial services sectors. Photograph: iStock

Irish analytics software company Glantus has continued on its acquisitive streak, buying California-headquartered JPD Financial to further automate cr(...)

Green Mobility’s Dublin scheme will be similar in scale to its operation in Copenhagen, which employs 35 full-time staff.

Danish car-sharing company Green Mobility is to set up a scheme in Dublin this year with a fleet of 400 electric cars. Competing with GoCar, owned by(...)

The cross-border nature of many car rentals leaves customers vulnerable to abuse from afar. Yet the European Commission has done precious little to bring car rental companies to heel in recent years

Is there another major consumer-facing industry that is plagued by as many shoddy operators as the car hire sector? Many of the biggest brands have u(...)

Elia Viviani (right)  pips Ireland’s  Sam Bennett (Team Bora-Hansgrohe)  and Danny Van Poppel of ( Team LottoNL-Jumbo) and Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing) in a sprint to the line during Stage 13 of the Tour of Italy at Nervesa Della Battaglia. Photo: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Sam Bennett may have been the fastest rider in the sprint on Friday’s 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia, but the Irishman ran out of luck in a complicat(...)

Europcar chief executive Caroline Parot said  the acquisition of Goldcar was “an important step”  which would bring it to “a new stage” of European influence. Photograph; Getty Images

French car rental company Europcar has announced the acquisition of Goldcar in order to bolster its presence in the low-cost and leisure markets. The(...)

GoCar: The country’s largest car-sharing programme is also a lossmaker for owner Europcar Ireland. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Europcar is buying out its Irish franchisee as the vehicle rental group pushes further into car sharing and seeks to increase the number of businesses(...)

You pay a premium for airport pick-ups and drop-offs, but picking up a car in a town near where you are flying into can be a real hassle and resolving problems can be more difficult. Photograph: iStock

Car hire can be very handy when you are on your holidays. It can also be very stressful and very costly if you get it wrong. For decades car-hire com(...)

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