Former Labour TD to stand in for press secretary

Derek McDowell represented Dublin North Central between 1992 and 2002

Derek McDowell: has worked for Concern as head of advocacy

Derek McDowell: has worked for Concern as head of advocacy

Wed, May 22, 2013, 01:02

Former Labour Party TD Derek McDowell will stand in for deputy government press secretary Cathy Madden, who will take maternity leave next week.

Mr McDowell, a solicitor by profession, represented Dublin North Central between 1992 and 2002, and subsequently served as a senator until 2007. He also worked for Concern as head of advocacy.

He has contributed opinion pieces to The Irish Times in recent months.

Ms Madden, a former 98fm and Newstalk journalist, was appointed deputy government press secretary on the nomination of Labour in April 2011, having previously worked for the party in a media advisory role.