As some of you may be aware, we’re celebrating our 10-year anniversary this week.
In 2004, DHR was born out of a meeting of minds of three partners. Our mission was to provide public relations services to organisations that were making a positive impact on society, but that lacked capacity in their communications.
From humble beginnings in a tiny, one-roomed office, DHR has gone from strength to strength. There have been challenges along the way. But, today, we are a family of 12 dedicated and passionate PR professionals.
Commenting on our 10-year anniversary, Catherine Heaney, Managing Director of DHR, stressed the important function of PR in highlighting public interest issues.
“Over the past 10 years, we have worked on game-changing campaigns and delivered really successful events,” she said. “We have enabled organisations and individuals to maximise their impact through effective communications.
“There’s a general level of disregard towards PR and public affairs professionals. The debate on the Regulation of Lobbyists Bill should attempt to be balanced about the profession. Indeed, forthcoming legislation might even go some way towards alleviating suspicion about PR and public affairs practitioners.
“It’s often our knowledge and skills that bring important public interest issues to light. Our job is also to give voice to organisations who are important stakeholders in our economy or society. Sometimes, that involves correcting the narrative or the record set by others in positions of power.”
Over the past decade, DHR has made Dublin 8 our home, and that’s an important part of our brand. We have adapted to change and we continue to innovate and expand.
Our company is chaired by Peter Cassells, a former General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and current Executive Director of the Edward M. Kennedy Centre for Conflict Intervention at NUI Maynooth. The senior management team has significantly expanded in recent years: Martina Quinn, who has been with the company for seven years, was promoted to Executive Director at the start of 2014, while Leinster House veteran Tony Heffernan – who served as Media Director for Michael D. Higgins’ successful presidential election campaign – and former Government Minister Pat Carey also serve in senior roles.
Our 10th birthday is an opportunity for us to reflect and look to the future. We think it’s an important milestone, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported our work over the past decade. Here’s to continued success in future years!