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Wheels-o-the wisp

Get a hold of that car fast or there might not be one for you in the lot. Ireland’s largest car rental company, Limerick-based Dan Dooley Car Rentals, has warned that a severe shortage of cars in the rental fleet across Ireland could cost the island’s tourism industry over €200 million this year.

A recent report on the car rental shortages stated that the number of cars on offer has fallen from 30,000 in 2006 to just over 12,000 last year, the Irish Independent reported.

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The manager of Dan Dooley Motors, Pat Dooley, said that the shortages will be felt by visitors over the Easter break but that the shortfall would become even more noticeable this summer.

The car rental industry is asking newly appointed tourism minister, Mary Hanafin, to do what she can to tackle the car shortage as a matter of urgency.