Inside Politics Podcast: ‘Enda didn’t get a fair hop from the media’

Ex-government press secretary Feargal Purcell speaks of his time at heart of government

As government press secretary during the years of austerity, Feargal Purcell was no stranger to crisis. File photograph: Edelman.ie

As government press secretary during the years of austerity, Feargal Purcell was no stranger to crisis. File photograph: Edelman.ie

 

As government press secretary during the years of austerity, Feargal Purcell was no stranger to crisis. Among his responsibilities was to find and brief TDs and ministers willing to bat for Enda Kenny’s administration when the chips were down. Sometimes they were hard to find. 

In this episode of Inside Politics, Feargal talks to Political Editor Pat Leahy about his time at the heart of government, the nature of the relationship between the politicians and the media, and the style and substance of new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

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He also talks of his new role with Edelman, a global international public relations firm that has this week published its annual Trust Barometer, a study examining public attitudes to institutions, including government and the press.

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