Tuesday 25 July 2017

Spindoctor of the Year:

And the nominees are..

Richard Moore: Too modest to take the credit for the fantastic Dermot Ahern soundbite: 'The bottom line is this: a collar will protect no criminal'. Played defence and attack for his minister at the correct times.

Ciaran Conlon: Fine Gael's chief press officer had a tricky time managing the party policy of Enda Kenny's frontbench and the party policy of George Lee.

Alan Ahearne: Went from being the backroom economics adviser to Finance Minister Brian Lenihan to the frontline of attack on NAMA as he proceeded to wipe the floor with the 50-odd academics who signed a misguided letter attacking the Government's plan.

And the winner is: Richard Moore for proving it is actually a good idea to have a positive media strategy. Certain colleagues in Government should take note.

Irish Independent

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