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Tony Heffernan 2016: Political Year in Review
By: | DHR News, Featured, International, Political Insights, Public Affairs | 15th December 2016
The end of the year always puts us in a reflective mood. Our Account Adviser, Tony Heffernan, reflects on an eventful year for Irish and international politics.  The political year now drawing to a close must surely rank as one of the most dramatic and memorable – at home and abroad – of our recent history. For many people, of course, the year has been memorable for all the wrong…
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Tony Heffernan Irish General Elections Gone By
By: | DHR News, Featured, Public Affairs | 8th February 2016
As the Taoiseach dissolved the Dáil and went to the Park last week, Fine Gael and Labour TDs will have been pleased that they honoured one particular commitment made after the election in 2011 – that they would serve a full five year term of office. While the constitution actually permits a Dáil to run for seven years, legislation now limits the term of office of any Dáil – and…
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Emily Brennan Briefing on the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU
By: | DHR News, Featured, Public Affairs | 28th January 2016
Earlier this month, my colleague Sarah Harte and I attended the European Movement Ireland’s briefing on the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU. The briefing took place in the Department of the Taoiseach, and addressing the attendees were Noelle O’Connell, Executive Director of the European Movement, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Ireland, H.E. Paul Schellekens, and Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection, Dara Murphy…
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Tony Heffernan The Register of Lobbying – an Explainer
By: | DHR News, Featured, Public Affairs | 2nd September 2015
The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 was signed into law on Wednesday 11th March 2015 by President Michael D. Higgins, and commenced yesterday, 1st September. In this week’s blog, our Account Advisor, Tony Heffernan, explains the act and its implications.  The new Lobbying Act 2015 which came into operation on September 1st should provide the public for the first time with significant information on the extent and nature of lobbying that takes…
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Joanne Ahern DHR Communications partners with Political Intelligence
By: | DHR News, Featured, Political Communications, Public Affairs | 16th July 2015
DHR Communications Dublin DHR Communications is delighted to announce a joint strategic business partnership with public affairs consultancy, Political Intelligence. The UK-based firm has a presence in all of the key European markets, with offices and partners in London, Brussels, Madrid, Paris, Rome and Edinburgh. Under the agreement, the consultancies will collaborate on business development, particularly as it relates to organisations operating in the European and global markets.  In addition, DHR will serve…
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Tony Heffernan Posters – what’s the point?
By: | DHR News, Featured, Opinion, Political Communications, Public Affairs | 20th May 2015
As we enter the final stages of the marriage equality referendum campaign, our lampposts (certainly in urban areas) are festooned with posters urging a yes or no vote.  A variety of organisations, including all of the main political parties, have yes posters in place.  There are a smaller number of organisations on the no side, but they have managed to compete in terms of numbers of posters. If it were…
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Tony Heffernan Tony Heffernan Discusses the Legislative Process
By: | Featured, Political Communications, Political Insights, Public Affairs | 10th December 2014
At the beginning of each parliamentary year – usually in September – the government of the day publishes its legislative programme outlining the Bills it intends to introduce and setting out what stage of preparation each piece is at.  The most recent list, published in September, lists 129 separate pieces of planned legislation. But how does a promise in the Programme for Government or in a speech made by a…
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Tony Heffernan Pre-Budget 2015 Blog: Budget Day Through the Years
By: | Featured, Political Insights, Public Affairs | 30th September 2014
As Budget Day 2015 fast approaches, DHR Account Director Tony Heffernan explores significant Budget Days of recent times, the decline in impact due to leaks, how they are a source of nervousness for governments, and the changing nature of budget delivery over the years. With the Dáil back in full swing and the parliamentary party ‘think-ins’ safely out of the way, political and media attention will now focus on the budget, due…
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Inside Ethiopia: DHR’s Martina Quinn on delivering media training in Addis
By: | Clients, Political Communications, Public Affairs, Training | 23rd May 2014
DHR’s Managing Director, Catherine Heaney, and Executive Director, Martina Quinn, recently travelled to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to deliver communications training to senior officials within Ethiopia’s public service.  Here, Martina recounts their trip…  My first impressions of Ethiopia were garnered through somewhat bleary eyes.  After a day’s travelling, we arrived in Addis, the capital city, at about 1am and – due to lost luggage – didn’t leave the airport…
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Tony Heffernan Local and European Election 2014 Analysis
By: | Consultation, DHR News, Political Communications, Public Affairs | 14th May 2014
One of DHR’s most politically experienced Client Directors, Tony Heffernan, gives his expert analysis and insights into each of the four main party leaders’ current standing in the lead-up to next week’s local and European elections. Parties in government tend to downplay the significance of mid-term elections, while those in opposition talk up their importance. There is certainly a body of evidence to suggest that voting patterns can be different in…
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