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Aer Arann to launch new London routes

AER Arann will launch new routes from Waterford and Galway to London Southend Airport from the end of March.

The services are being launched after UK logistics group Stobart, which owns Southend Airport, agreed as part of Aer Arann's exit from examinership last year to spend €2.5m promoting new routes to the facility by the airline.

Vodafone executive sets date to leave

SENIOR telecoms industry executive Gerry Fahy, who is strategy director at Vodafone Ireland, is to leave the company in April, it was confirmed yesterday. Mr Fahy has been part of the core management team for the past decade and previously worked at Eircell, which Vodafone acquired from Eircom.

No value can be put on cost-cutting

HELPING companies to cut energy costs is an increasingly important business opportunity but it is almost impossible to say how many people are employed in the sector or how much it contributes to the economy, Intertrade Ireland said. The total value of the environmental goods and services sector on the island was €3.6bn in 2008 with renewable energy accounting for €700m.

Circle 'unaffected' by Egypt turmoil

LIMERICK-based Circle Oil said yesterday that its operations and oil production in the Gemsa area are unaffected by the political turmoil in Egypt. "The company continues to monitor the situation in Egypt and further updates will be made," Circle said. The oil and gas explorer also operates in Tunisia.

UPC name Dunn's replacement

UPC, the cable and phone company, named Dana Strong to replace Robert Dunn as the head of the company's Irish operations. The new chief executive is moving from Australian satellite television company AUSTAR, which is partly owned by UPC shareholder Liberty Global. Mr Dunn, who hails from Scotland, is returning to Amsterdam which is Liberty's base in Europe.

Irish Independent