For­mer govern­ment press sec­re­tary joins Edel­man Ire­land

The Irish Times - - Business News - LAURA SLAT­TERY

For­mer govern­ment press sec­re­tary Fear­gal Pur­cell has joined public re­la­tions com­pany Edel­man Ire­land as di­rec­tor of public af­fairs.

He will also join the man­age­ment team.

Mr Pur­cell was appointed govern­ment press sec­re­tary by Enda Kenny in March 2011, mean­ing he had re­spon­si­bil­ity for man­ag­ing all govern­ment com­mu­ni­ca­tions and was the main com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser to the then taoiseach.

He was reap­pointed in the role in June 2017 by Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar for a tran­si­tional pe­riod un­til the end of Oc­to­ber.

Ear­lier in his ca­reer, Mr Pur­cell spent two years as deputy di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Fine Gael and then head of the Fine Gael press of­fice.

Be­fore en­ter­ing pol­i­tics, he served as an of­fi­cer in the De­fence Forces for 18 years, dur­ing which time he held se­nior lead­er­ship roles at home and abroad, serv­ing in Le­banon and Bos­nia.

“His ap­point­ment will fur­ther strengthen our ad­vi­sory ser­vices and his lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence will con­trib­ute to the on­go­ing growth of the busi­ness,” said Edel­man Ire­land man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Joe Car­mody.

“These are ex­cit­ing and chal­leng­ing times na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally and I look for­ward to of­fer­ing my per­spec­tives to Edel­man and our clients,” said Mr Pur­cell.

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