Dalata Hotel Group has announced that Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer Stephen McNally will retire from his executive role and the Board.

Mr McNally was a founding executive of Dalata and has held his current position since 2007. He will remain in his executive position as the Group completes a succession process and will step down from the Board in early 2022.

Pat McCann, Group CEO, said: “I have worked with Stephen for over thirty years initially in Jurys and later in Dalata where Stephen became one of the founding directors.

I would like to say a big thank you to Stephen for all the support he has given me over the many years and wish him well in whatever direction life takes him over the coming years. He still has a lot to offer. I am sure his wife, Edel, his daughter, Roisin and son, Luke, are looking forward to seeing much more of him.”

Stephen McNally said: “After much careful thought and consideration, I have decided to retire from Dalata. It has been a privilege to have been part of this wonderful organisation for 14 years, as a founding executive and Board member. I have had an extremely fulfilling career with Dalata and I am immensely proud of what we have built and the culture we have created.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board, past and present, for their support over the years and in particular, I would like to wish Dermot Crowley the best of luck in his new role as CEO.”

Dalata has also released its 2021 half year results, showing a business emerging out of a period of lockdown. All of the group’s hotels have now fully reopened and occupancy has steadily increased in recent months – from 44% in June 2021, to 58% in July and 68% in August. There has been a cash outflow of €24 million for the first six months of the year.

The group remains on track to open the new Maldron Hotel Glasgow City in August 2021; with a further six hotels on track to open by May 2022.

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