Telecoms group Eir has appointed Carl Leaver, an executive from the gambling group Ladbrokes Coral, as its new chairman. 

He will replace former ESB boss Padraig McManus, who steps down after five years in the role.

Mr Leaver was CEO of Gala Coral from November 2010 to November 2016, where he saw through a successful merger with Ladbrokes.

He is currently executive Deputy Chairman of Ladbrokes Coral.

Richard Moat, the Chief Executive of Eir, said Mr Leaver "has a wealth of business experience across a range of consumer sectors and we look forward to his leadership of the board".