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Thread: Pat McParland, New Deputy General Secretary (& Head of Communications) of Fianna Fail

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    Default Pat McParland, New Deputy General Secretary (& Head of Communications) of Fianna Fail

    Congratulations to our new Deputy General Secretary, Pat McParland, who will have responsibility for communications.

    He's a very smart chap and comes from NI Water where he is Director of Corporate Affairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petervalhala View Post
    Congratulations to our new Deputy General Secretary, Pat McParland, who will have responsibility for communications.

    He's a very smart chap and comes from NI Water where he is Director of Corporate Affairs.
    Communications? With Cowen as Taoiseach. Best of luck indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeDroit View Post
    Communications? With Cowen as Taoiseach. Best of luck indeed.
    Absolutely, he'll have lots of positive news to report

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    Quote Originally Posted by petervalhala View Post
    Congratulations to our new Deputy General Secretary, Pat McParland, who will have responsibility for communications.

    He's a very smart chap and comes from NI Water where he is Director of Corporate Affairs.
    Deputy General Secretary of what? You might be more precise in your OP's. Not everyone is familiar with the third most popular party in the State you know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petervalhala View Post
    Absolutely, he'll have lots of positive news to report

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    Quote Originally Posted by corelli View Post
    Deputy General Secretary of what? You might be more precise in your OP's. Not everyone is familiar with the third most popular party in the State you know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petervalhala View Post
    Absolutely, he'll have lots of positive news to report
    Not unless a bomb went off at the cabinet meeting, followed by a mass suicide of the FF parliamentary party as an act of loyalty.

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    Interesting... given how they didn't like the candidates for director of communications

    And along with Dorgan, the choice of someone from the corporate world shows a sharp focus on professionalism , rather than hackery


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    This is an interesting appointment. back in February Fianna Fail advertised for the role of Director of Communications (we discussed it at the time here), of which I understand a number of Fianna Fail faithful applied for. Merc (who handled the appointment) shortlisted a few, however the party decided not to interview any candidate (from what I understand) and decided to seek other candidates for the role.

    Two months ago Brian Cowen told a meeting of the Fianna Fail parliamentary party that a "Senior Press Officer" would be appointed shortly (we discussed it then here). A week later Miriam Lord reported that a staffer from the Construction Industry Federation was offered the role but declined. There'd been nothing of it since.

    But this appointment now appears to be much more senior than originally sought, which indicates the party may be taking a more substantial interest in it's communications "going forward" (as Cowen would say). It has taken six months for someone to be appointed.

    Pic of Pat McParland below (for the benefit of political media folks who'll be getting to know him in no time I'm sure!) - profile of him from his outgoing employer is here.

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    Is this the lad who has to ring up rte, everytime there's something on ff don't like.

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