Ulster civil service tries for second time to fill PR post

The Civil Service in Northern Ireland is to try for a second time

to fill its top PR post.

The service originally tried last July to appoint its first director of

communications but failed to find a suitable candidate.

The required number of years experience of a high level of

responsibility in either journalism, PR, advertising or marketing has

now been halved from 10 to five years in this latest bid to fill the


The director will lead a team of 50, covering communication staff in the

office of the first minister and deputy minister and ten other executive


The position reports to head of the civil service Gerry Laughran and

will work closely with first minister David Trimble on a number of

areas, including strategic communications policy.

Acting deputy director John McKervill is covering the role of the

director in the interim at the service's base at Stormont, Belfast.

The Northern Ireland Assembly and the executive ministers took over

devolved power in the region in December 1999.

The Assembly was set up after a referendum, held in 1998, to endorse the

Good Friday Agreement.

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