Síona Cahill (she/her) is DHR Communications’ Account Director and brings with her significant experience in advocacy, strategy, public relations and creative communications across the education, charity and NGO sectors.
A graduate of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) receiving a first-class honour in the Diploma in Public Relations, Síona was awarded the Gladys McNevin Trophy for achieving the highest overall mark in the course in 2022 and was named in January by the Irish Independent in their ‘50 Rising Stars of 2023’.
Síona is a former elected President of the Union of Students in Ireland and has served on the Governing Authority of Maynooth University as well as the board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
She has led on and organised advocacy and communications campaigns on registration to vote, access and funding for third level education; Marriage Equality (including leadership on #MakeGráTheLaw), reproductive health and rights, sexual health and consent, and empowering women in leadership. She has a recognised track record in the delivery of successful public campaigns with a broad range of stakeholders across civil society, volunteer groups, and Government.
Síona has received several awards for her creative and engaging digital, social media and communications campaigns, spanning education, mental health, disability, and citizen’s information and LGBTI+ issues – specialising in making often complex messaging simple, clickable and digestible for multiple audiences. She is also an experienced event and media-event organiser.
Síona is a regular media contributor across radio and television and is a public affairs commentator with RTÉ Radio One’s Brendan O’Connor Show, Gavan Reilly’s On The Record and Kieran Cuddihy’s The Hard Shoulder, as well as Virgin Media’s Ireland AM. She is also an occasional columnist with the Irish Examiner.
On a voluntary basis, Síona is a non-executive Director of the boards of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) and the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA).
Síona takes a leading role with many clients, acting as the day-to-day contact, and works across DHR to support and enhance all aspects of service delivery.