Catherine Heaney

Catherine Heaney

Founder and Managing Director


With more than 20 years’ experience in the communications, political and media sectors in Ireland, Catherine Heaney works across all service areas, both in a hands-on and advisory capacity.

She particularly enjoys working with clients at a strategic level; generating ideas and solutions; coaching spokespeople; and advising clients on how to maintain a long-term view in a crisis. She has strong project management skills, and is very experienced in developing communications strategies.

Catherine is Chairperson of the National Museum of Ireland and chairs the Government’s Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (operated under the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation).

Before setting up DHR Communications, Catherine was Chief Executive of the Irish Family Planning Association and Press Officer for the Labour Party.

Catherine has studied at the University of Ulster; is a graduate of the DIT School of Journalism; and has post-graduate qualifications in the areas of law.  She is a graduate of the prestigious executive programme on strategic communications at Columbia University in New York.  In recent years she has been added to the roll of lecturers on this programme.  She is a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII).

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