NEWS: Management dispute splits Murray Consultants

Terence Horgan, a director of Ireland’s largest PR firm Murray Consultants, has quit the company in the latest stage of an internal dispute that has dogged the agency since November.

Terence Horgan, a director of Ireland’s largest PR firm Murray

Consultants, has quit the company in the latest stage of an internal

dispute that has dogged the agency since November.



Horgan, 59, who owns 28.5 per cent of Murray Consultants, left the

company two weeks ago after initiating legal proceedings against two of

his fellow directors, Joe Murray and Jim Milton.



The dispute centres on a proposed restructuring of the agency which

Horgan claims will undermine his role. Under the plan, Murray

Consultants’ four business units will take greater responsibility for

their own costs and budgets - a function previously managed by Horgan’s

department.



Horgan began negotiations with Murray and Milton about buying out his

shareholding but those discussions broke down last month and Horgan has

since begun proceedings in the Irish High Court.



The agency hit the headlines earlier this year after it was forced to

pay nearly pounds 1 million in arrears to Irish Revenue Commissioners.

Eight years before the agency handled PR for the launch of Ireland’s tax

self-assessment system.



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