For­mer top civil ser­vant joins MKC Com­mu­ni­ca­tions

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS NEWS - MARK PAUL

John Mur­phy, the for­mer top civil ser­vant at the Depart­ment of Enterprise, has joined pub­lic re­la­tions firm MKC Com­mu­ni­ca­tions as a con­sul­tant in its pub­lic af­fairs prac­tice.

Mr Mur­phy (pic­tured left with MKC man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tim Kin­sella) was the sec­re­tary gen­eral of what was then called the Depart­ment of Jobs, Enterprise and In­no­va­tion from 2011 un­til he re­tired last year, serv­ing un­der min­is­ter Richard Bru­ton.

Mr Mur­phy is the sec­ond se­nior hire from Mr Bru­ton’s for­mer staff to join MKC. Ciaran Con­lon, a for­mer special ad­viser, joined MKC last year as its di­rec­tor of pub­lic pol­icy and strat­egy.

Mr Kin­sella and Mr Con­lon both said Mr Mur­phy’s ex­pe­ri­ence would help MKC serve its pub­lic af­fairs clients.

Mr Mur­phy said he was look­ing for­ward to help­ing the firm grow.

A 40-year Civil Ser­vice vet­eran, Mr Mur­phy helped over­see Mr Bru­ton’s ac­tion plan for jobs in the Fine Gael-led gov­ern­ment that en­tered of­fice when the State was still a ward of the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund.

He has pre­vi­ously served on the Na­tional Roads Au­thor­ity, the Na­tional Eco­nomic and So­cial Coun­cil boards .

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