Jim Cantwell is retiring from his position as director of the
Catholic Press and Information Office after 25 years at the
organisation. A journalist by training, he was the only press officer
when he joined the body in 1975, but now heads a team of five. The
office acts as the national communications centre for the Irish Catholic
church’s 1,300 parishes. The office does not retain any PR agencies but
has used them on a project basis in the past. A communications audit is
underway, but Cantwell’s successor has not been appointed.