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CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan criticizes rising car rental prices in Ireland

CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan has criticized “crazy” car rental prices in Ireland.

Speaking to social media platform Twitter, the CNN star shared that to rent a three-door manual Volkswagen mini car for “less than a week” he would pay a total of €1,957.60 .

The Kerryman said: ‘Car shortage = crazy car hire costs in Ireland this summer. It’s for less than a week.

Rising demand, semiconductor shortages and post-COVID market complexities have caused car rental prices in Europe to skyrocket.

Donie’s supporters took to the comments to let the reporter know he would have change if he decided to buy a used car.

One shared a screenshot of a 2005 diesel BMW for sale on Carzone, “Your own for €1,250 = €707 in exchange, although that would probably only fill the tank in based on diesel prices per minute.”

Another shared a 2006 Audi A4, which sold for €1,950. They added: “For that, you can basically buy one and sell it at the end of the week.”

Along with soaring hotel prices, another added “I won’t be going home anytime soon at this rate…”

Rising demand, semiconductor shortages and post-COVID market complexities have caused car rental prices in Europe to skyrocket. Photo: Shutterstock

Reporting on the subject on DriveTime, Barry Lenihan said “prices are skyrocketing” and revealed car rental costs have at least tripled since before the pandemic. In some cases he said “they quintupled”.

Kerry has seen price increases of around €400 to €1,200 per week.

Lenihan shared his own car rental experience, “A white Nissan Qashqai which I rented myself in August 2020 for seven days… at the time it was €360 – the same car available for rent today ‘today for €1,770. That’s five times the 2020 price.’

CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan has revealed that it was Tayto chips that got him through the US Capitol riot. Photo: RTE

Rising car prices will deal a major blow to Ireland’s tourism sector in its first full season after the lifting of COVID restrictions and could deter many from visiting Ireland.

On Drivetime, a woman was ‘absolutely disgusted’ by the huge rise in car rental prices. The woman said she was ‘going to Ireland soon for a wedding and was considering renting cars for 10 adults and five children’.

“We are booking flights and cars for Knock, and for four days car hire is going to cost us at least £750-900 each. It is prohibitive and it prevents us from going to the wedding.

A recent report by the Tourism Advisory Group, an industry source, found that the lack of rental cars was creating challenges within the industry, but especially in the golf vacation sector. Photo: Shutterstock

A recent report by the Tourism Advisory Group, an industry source, found that the lack of rental cars was creating challenges within the industry, but especially in the golf vacation sector.

These “shortfalls”, he warned, lead to cancellations of reservations and problems with inflation.

“There are repercussions on the quoted rates,” the report warned.