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Feargal Purcell

Feargal draws on extensive political and communications experience and a strong network of relationships in providing clients with strategic counsel on Government relations, reputation management, crisis management, policy development and media positioning.

Clients include Primark, Airbnb, KBC, Unilever, Littlewoods, and the Irish Banking Culture Board amongst others.

Feargal specialises in providing counsel to senior leaders on how best to strategically position their business in relation to government and wider society. His approach is to facilitate businesses in becoming understood, esteemed, and supported by public and private audiences in a way that helps them achieve their commercial objectives.

Prior to joining Edelman, Feargal was appointed to the position of Government Press Secretary by Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. in March 2011. In that role, he had responsibility for framing communications strategies around all public policy and managing all aspects of government communications. Feargal was principal communications advisor and strategic counsel to the Taoiseach over the period 2011-2017.

He was reappointed as Government Press Secretary in June 2017 by Leo Varadkar T.D. providing the then Taoiseach with strategic political and media advice for a six-month transitionary period.

Before entering politics, Feargal served as an officer in the Defence Forces for 18 years in a variety of leadership roles, including on United Nations Missions overseas in Lebanon and Bosnia and as a lecturer in the Military College before becoming spokesman for the Defence Forces until leaving to enter politics in 2008.