Ciaran Conlon

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MKC Communications managing director Tim Kinsella, Lorraine Higgins and MKC Communications director, Laurie Mannix. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Lorraine Higgins, the former chief executive of trade group Retail Excellence and previously a Labour Party senator, has joined the Dublin corporate c(...)

Brad Smith, chief legal officer of Microsoft, with Ciarán Conlon

Tech giant Microsoft Ireland has appointed former ministerial adviser Ciarán Conlon as director of public policy. Mr Conlon will work with both Micro(...)

John McGuirk, communications director of the Save the 8th campaign. Photograph: Nic Bradshaw.

“We are here in Dublin with ProtectThe8th this morning. Pray for us! #warroomsessions”, said the Facebook posting by Fuzati, conveying something of a (...)

John Murphy with Tim Kinsella, managing director of MKC Communications. Mr Murphy is former secretary general of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

John Murphy, the former top civil servant at the Department of Enterprise, has joined public relations firm MKC Communications as a consultant in its (...)

Máire Whelan has her appointment to the  Court of Appeal rubberstamped by President Michael D Higgins, as crafty Leo looks on. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Taoiseach had a problem last weekend. He acted very decisively – with indecent haste, to be more precise – by bundling the former attorney gener(...)

Ciaran Conlon was a special adviser to Richard Bruton in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Employment between February 2011 and earlier this year. He had previously been Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny’s director of communications when the party was in opposition. File photograph: Collins Photos

The first “cooling-off” waiver under lobbying legislation has been granted to a former senior adviser to Fine Gael governments. Ciaran Conlon was a s(...)

Axa chief executive John O’Neill:    meeting with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton  last October was arranged by Anthony Lavin, a Fine Gael councillor and customer care manager at Axa.  Photograph: Mac Innes.

A Fine Gael councillor who works with Axa Insurance sought a meeting for his boss with a Minister last year so the company could “explain the difficu(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at Government Buildings for a reported Fine Gael meeting yesterday. Photograph: Sam boal/

The campaign was going badly wrong but the key message was not up for discussion. After all, the focus groups continued to like it. So began a confe(...)

Fine Gael Mark Kennelly: Kenny’s chief of staff in Government. He is the Taoiseach’s voice in many meetings, largely spending the campaign on the ro(...)

In demand: theatre and other specialist nurses are in short supply. Photograph: Stockvisual/Getty

Each year further education and training provides a gateway to employment for thousands of people who may have left school early or who have been unem(...)

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