INTERNATIONAL: Findlay will head public affairs at Wilson Hartnell

DUBLIN: Wilson Hartnell Public Relations, one of Ireland’s top three consultancies, has appointed former political adviser to the Irish Labour Party Fergus Findlay to head a newly created public affairs unit.

DUBLIN: Wilson Hartnell Public Relations, one of Ireland’s top

three consultancies, has appointed former political adviser to the Irish

Labour Party Fergus Findlay to head a newly created public affairs

unit.



Findlay has been working with the agency on a freelance basis for the

past year, but following increasing demand from clients such as Shell

and cable operator TCI for political strategy advice, a decision was

taken to set up a public affairs unit, with Findlay heading it up full

time.



He will manage a team of three and will also handle corporate affairs

for several major accounts including state advisory board Forfas, Irish

Liquid Petroleum Gas Association and Bon Secours, a chain of private

hospitals. He reports into managing director Mary Finan.



The agency believes that multinationals which want to set up operations

in Ireland will be attracted because of the unit and Findlay’s

reputation.



He is widely acknowledged as a leading expert in political strategy.



Findlay was an adviser to former Labour party leader and deputy prime

minister Dick Spring from 1983 to 1997.



This period saw Spring hold cabinet posts as environment minister,

energy minister and foreign secretary and Findlay was centrally involved

in the peace process negotiations which led to the Downing Street

Declaration and the joint framework documents.



Wilson Hartnell was established in 1973 and in its last financial year,

ending December 1998, accrued fees of pounds 3.5 million.



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