DUBLIN: Shandwick is believed to be trying to buy top five Irish
agency Slattery PR. Managing director Padraig Slattery claims to have
turned down an approach from Shandwick for his 30-strong agency. ’We
have discussed it with Shandwick, but are not interested in being bought
out. We value our independence very highly,’ he said. The two agencies
have been affiliated for eight years, working together on various
projects. Shandwick’s deputy CEO Michael Murphy declined to comment.
Slattery had fee income of pounds 3 million in 1999.