Eoghan Ó Neachtain joins company with Fine Gael links

Spokesman worked for Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen and Enda Kenny

Eoghan Ó Neachtain assisting German chancellor Angela Merkel in  Dublin in 2008. Photograph: Eric Luke

Eoghan Ó Neachtain assisting German chancellor Angela Merkel in Dublin in 2008. Photograph: Eric Luke

 

A former government press secretary who served three different taoisigh has been appointed as a director of a public relations company with strong Fine Gael links.

Eoghan Ó Neachtain served as spokesman for Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen and Enda Kenny during his career in government. He is understood to be the only person to serve as government press secretary in three administrations.

Mr Ó Neachtain, who also worked in the semi-State sector, has been made director of public affairs at Heneghan PR.

The company was founded by Pat Heneghan, one of Garret FitzGerald’s so-called national handlers, and also employed Bill O’Herlihy, Frank Flannery and Enda Marren.

Mr Ó Neachtain has also served in the Irish Defence Forces. He is a regular contributor on national radio and television and is well known as a rugby analyst on TG4.