Jonathan Fallon - Director of Government Affairs

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Jonathan Fallon

Jonathan's particular areas of expertise include government affairs, advocacy and public relations. He provides policy and strategic advice to a variety of clients on public affairs issues, and is responsible for relationships with Government Departments, the Oireachtas, media and the public sector generally.

Jonathan has significant practical experience within politics and the private sector. He has been involved in a number of projects including the preparation of advocacy documents, public affairs campaigns, issue tracking and research reports.

Prior to joining the company, Jonathan worked in the financial, accounting and banking sectors and has worked on various projects for political parties including market research, communications campaigns, media monitoring and organisation of local and national campaigns.

In 2006 he published the biographical account of life in politics for the ordinary supporter "Party Time: Growing up in politics". This received excellent reviews from the media and was described as "recommended reading" for the Government before a general election. In it he described the many events in his life that were shaped by following particular politicians, and the witty descriptions of what makes political supporters in Ireland tick have made the book recommended reading even in Academic Institutions such as Maynooth University. He has been a regular speaker a conferences and in May 2009 he published a major new book on Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen, entitled 'Brian Cowen: In his own words'. This tracked the political career of the Taoiseach and in particular tracked the debate that followed him with each ministerial appointment, analysing the public mood and demands of the Celtic Tiger years and how the government was forced to react to this. In September 2011 his third book 'Dynasties: The story of Irish political families' will hit the shelves.

He is a member of the Political Studies Association of Ireland and has recently completed work on an important new paper with Dr. Katy Hayward of Queens University Belfast entitled 'Fianna Fail, tenacious localism, tenuous Europeanism'. This was published as part of a book by Taylor and Francis in Summer 2010. The paper has also been selected to represent a pan-european book being prepared in France on the subject of EU influence on political parties.

He has written on politics for the Irish Independent and also is the regular political analyst for 'Good Morning Dublin' with Angela Douglas on Dublin City FM. Johnny is also a regular contributor to Newstalk's 'The Right Hook' programme with George Hook to discuss politics. Johnny has strong experience of TV and radio and contributes to programmes on RTE such as 'The week in politics' 'Prime Time' and several top radio shows.

He studied Business Management in Dundalk IT and also holds an honours Diploma in Public Relations. He is a Member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland and the Irish Academy of Public Relations.

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