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Political Communication in the Republic of Ireland$
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Mark O’Brien and Donnacha Ó Beacháin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380277

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380277.001.0001

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Media advisers and programme managers

Media advisers and programme managers

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Chapter Seven Media advisers and programme managers
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Political Communication in the Republic of Ireland
Author(s):

Tom Clonan

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380277.003.0008

This chapter explores the communications role of politically appointed government media advisers during the period of unprecedented national crisis from 2010 until 2012. This period encompasses a change of government in Ireland and the chapter includes a comparative analysis of the role of media advisers during a Fianna Fáil led government and the subsequent Fine Gael led government. The findings in relation to the status and role, value for money and ethical probity (in relation to the public interest) contained in this chapter are based on two sets of interviews conducted with Irish political correspondents in 2010 and 2013. It concludes that that more transparency and accountability is needed in such political appointments.

Keywords:   media advisors, programme managers, political advisors, political spin, political economy, political communicators, Ireland

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