Feargal Purcell

Feargal Purcell

Edelman, Head of Public Affairs

Feargal leads Edelman’s Public Affairs division and draws on extensive political and communications experience in providing clients with strategic counsel on Government relations, reputation management, crisis management, policy development and media positioning.  Feargal was appointed to the position of Government Press Secretary by Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. in March 2011. He had responsibility for coordinating and managing all Government communications and was principal communications advisor as well as providing strategic political counsel to the Taoiseach over the period 2011-2017. He was reappointed Government Press Secretary in June 2017 by current Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. providing strategic political and media advice for a six month transitionary period. Prior to this, Feargal spent over two years as Deputy Director of Communications for Fine Gael and then Head of the Fine Gael Press Office, taking a lead political and media role on referendums and elections during this period

Before entering politics, Feargal served as an officer in the Defence Forces for 18 years in a variety of leadership roles and worked in United Nations Missions overseas in Lebanon and Bosnia in that time

Since joining Edelman two years ago, Feargal has led on some ground-breaking Public Affairs work in Banking, through the establishment of the Irish Banking Culture Board and in Health through a successful funding project with the Voluntary Hospice Group

Feargal’s approach to Public Affairs is based on the belief that business has wants and society has needs and that understanding the relationship between these realities enhances the potential for success


At DMX Dublin, Feargal will facilitate a Panel Discussion on... 

How do we rebuild trust in an era of global turmoil?


Society at a crossroads: Huge societal fractures have been exposed. Brexit, Social Inequality, The Capitol Insurrection, and the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted us in ways we are still only beginning to understand. How do we begin to rebuild trust? What role can media leaders play in leading that process?  What are the responsibilities of business leaders in shaping a better and more empathetic future? How does government need to respond? What does our brave new world look like?

Joining this panel discussion is Peter Vandermeersch, Publisher at Independent News & Media, Ciara Kelly, Radio Presenter at Newstalk & Aine Kerr, COO at Kinzen. This panel will be facilitated by Feargal Purcell, Head of Public Affairs at Edelman.


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