O Neachtain to leave post as top spindoctor
Published 17/06/2011 | 05:00
After working with Taoiseach Enda Kenny through the first 100 days in office, government press secretary Eoghan O Neachtain is standing down this weekend.
Mr O Neachtain worked as a spindoctor for a record three Taoisigh -- starting out with Bertie Ahern in 2007, continuing with Brian Cowen in 2008 and then working with Mr Kenny since March.
The Taoiseach's decision to ask him to stay on for the initial period of the Fine Gael -- Labour Party coalition was unusual as Mr O Neachtain had worked for the previous Fianna Fail administration.
The former Defence Forces press officer worked with the new Government on Mr Kenny's first two EU summits and visits to Washington and New York and the media strategy and organisation of the visits of Queen Elizabeth II and US President Barack Obama.
Mr O Neachtain will be taking time off and has not revealed his next career move.
He left his position as ESB public affairs manager to take up the government press secretary post, but is expected to return to the semi-state company later in the year.