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MKC appoints former Secretary General of Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation as Consultant

MKC Communications has appointed the former Secretary General of the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, John Murphy, as a Consultant to help the company further build its public affairs practice.

Tim Kinsella, Managing Director of MKC Communications said, “John Murphy is one of the most experienced experts on government and the public service with invaluable insights and relationships that will help add value to our existing and new clients.”

“John has worked at a senior level in the Departments of Enterprise, Environment, Transport, Finance and Labour and has been in charge of many significant public policy agendas as well as being a former Board member of IDA Ireland, the National Roads Authority (NRA), National Economic & Social Council (NESC) and the Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC). His years of experience in the public service are now available to MKC and its clients. We are all looking forward to working with John over the coming months and years as he becomes part of our growing team.”

Ciarán Conlon, MKC’s Director of Strategy and Public Policy said, “I’m delighted that John is joining us in MKC. Having worked with him during our shared time in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, I know that his insight and understanding of the public service will be of real value to MKC and our clients.”

John Murphy said, “I’m very pleased to join the MKC team who are trusted advisors to many high profile private and public sector organisations. I look forward to contributing to this work as the company continues to grow its public affairs practice in the years ahead.”

MKC Communications is one of Ireland’s leading PR agencies delivering a range of public relations corporate communications, media relations, public affairs, and lobbying services to clients across a broad spectrum of industry sectors, including financial services, information technology, pharmaceutical, energy, healthcare, food, agri-business and not-for-profit organisations.

John Murphy – Biographical Note:

John has over 40 years’ experience as a Civil Servant across six Government Departments, culminating in his appointment as Secretary General of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation from November 2011 to his retirement from the Civil Service at end September 2016. As Secretary General, John led the Department in securing several major achievements including the implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs, with 150,000 net new jobs added and unemployment reduced from over 15% to 7.2%. John also led the major reforms of industrial relations institutions, company law, consumer protection and competition policy and enforcement and extensive restructuring of the State bodies under the aegis of the DJEI. A summary of his career is set out below.

John has extensive experience of working at the most senior levels of Government on the development and implementation of public policy. He is a member of the Board of the Irish Management Institute and of the Institute of Directors. He has served as a member of the Board of the IDA (2015-2016). John was a member of the Board of the National Roads Authority (2001-2004). John was a member of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) 2011-2016. John also served as a member of the Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) 2015-2016.

John has extensive experience of management of relations with a wide range of stakeholders in the public policy domain. He has also played a leadership role in respect of financial and corporate restructuring (sale of 75% of State shareholding in Aer Lingus, Restructuring of State Airports and development of DAA, restructuring of CIE Group of companies, expansion of motorway programme and development of PPPs for infrastructure.

Since his retirement John has taken on a number of responsibilities, including:

• Chairing High Level Group on Industrial Relations Structures in An Garda Síochána
• Interviewer for senior public service posts for Public Appointments Service
• Member of Internal Audit Committee of Royal Irish Academy
• Recently appointed by Minister for Housing Planning and Local Government to Chair an Inter-Agency Group on Homelessness.
John has an MSc (Econ) in Public Policy Studies from University of Dublin (Trinity College), A BA in History and Politics from UCD and a Diploma in Public Administration from the Institute of Public Administration, (IPA) Dublin. John has been an Associate Lecturer with the IPA, teaching on primary and masters programmes, Trinity College Dublin, UCG and the National College of Industrial Relations. John is married to Anne and has three daughters.