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Mark Mortell quitting Newstalk gig to advise Fine Gael


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Politics.ie has learned that Fine Gael have head-hunted Mark Mortell to advise the party in the run up to the General Election. Mortell will be continuing with his role as Director of Fleishman Hillard - where he presently "leads the corporate, public affairs and consulting aspects of the business." Effectively this means that Fine Gael will be retaining the international agency in order to access Mortell's consultancy services.

The appointment of Mortell to advise the party follows the resignation of Fine Gael's Political Director Michael McLoughlin who has left the party to return to his business, Amarach Consulting. A spokesman for Fine Gael confirmed to Politics.ie that McLoughlin left his posting following the party's think-in in Waterford three weeks ago.

Politics.ie broke the news that McLoughlin had left his post as Chief Executive of Amarach Consulting in early September of 2008 to join the party following the resignation of Gerry Naughton as the party's political director. A FG spokesman has told Politics.ie that McLoughlin had decided to leave his role with party HQ to focus on Amarach and that there was no other reason behind his decision and there was no "animus" involved in his departure.

Mortell has been a Fine Gaeler for over thirty years, most recently credited with being one of the architects of the party's 2007 General Election campaign which saw the party gain 20 seats in the Dáil. He was appointed as non-executive Chairman of Bord Failte by Enda Kenny when he was Minister for Tourism and Trade. Following his role in Bord Failte Mortell was appointed Commercial Director of Aer Lingus.

Of the FG parliamentary party members who may be especially interested in Mortell's appointment is Dublin South East TD Lucinda Creighton. In 2008 it was reported that Mortell was Sean Dunne's PR advisor over his application to build the 37-storey Ballsbridge Tower on the Jury's site in Ballsbridge that Deputy Creighton is well known to have strongly opposed. Mortell has told Politics.ie that Fleishman were retained by Dunne's Mountbrook Group but that relationship finished some time ago. Similarly Deputy Creighton has welcomed his appointment this afternoon, telling Politics.ie that she's known Mortell for many years that's he's been around the party and considers him a friend.

Mortel is currently the presenter of the radio show Down to Business on Newstalk which he has done for the past three years. Mortell told Politics.ie this afternoon that he planned on finishing up as presenter of that two-hourly Saturday radio show in the coming weeks as a result of his new role with Fine Gael.

Mortel has told Politics.ie that his role is with Fine Gael is effective from today.
 
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Politics.ie has learned that Fine Gael have head-hunted Mark Mortell to advise the party in the run up to the General Election. Mortell will be continuing with his role as Director of Fleishman Hillard - where he presently "leads the corporate, public affairs and consulting aspects of the business." Effectively this means that Fine Gael will be retaining the international agency in order to access Mortell's consultancy services.

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Surely that will cause an unnecessary VAT liability ?

cYp
 

Bobert

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Surely that will cause an unnecessary VAT liability ?

cYp
Was just thinking the same thing. And these people want to run an economy... Mad!

Congrats to Mark though.
 

meriwether

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And Frank Flannery?
He's currently in charge of a Mossad-like operation to hunt down and kill disloyal members following the coup in Summer.

Think Eric Bana in 'Munich'.

Denis Naughten hasnt spent two consecutive nights in the same safe house in over 3 months.
Lucinda now sleeps in the cupboard for fear of bed bombs.
 

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Bobert likes the above comment.
 

CookieMonster

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Meh... what makes anybody believe the party elders will listen to the new boy.

Didn't FG bring in fancy city boy consultants before the last GE too?
 

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Good move for him, that is one stale show on Newstalk, same half a dozen self promoting lightweights week in week out.
Then again I assume all the heavyweights are bankrupt and no longer available to go on radio from their chateaus and villas abroad.

I really enjoyed Mark and his panel in 2007 scoffing at some guest who suggested the American sub prime could replicate here.
One of the heavyweights which included a banker said "you're not seriously suggesting that irish lending was ever as reckless as what we are seeing in America"
Another said our system of regulation was simply to strenuous to allow that happen.


HA HA

Other than that seemed a fairly decent skin, best of luck to him, he will need it if Kenny stays.
 

corelli

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Meh... what makes anybody believe the party elders will listen to the new boy.

Didn't FG bring in fancy city boy consultants before the last GE too?
They did, and increased their seats by 20.
 

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He's currently in charge of a Mossad-like operation to hunt down and kill disloyal members following the coup in Summer.

Think Eric Bana in 'Munich'.

Denis Naughten hasnt spent two consecutive nights in the same safe house in over 3 months.
Lucinda now sleeps in the cupboard for fear of bed bombs.
There are lots of places in Roscommon to hide out in.

I think Lucy Lu might be more scared of Eoghan Murphy.
 

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FG need spin doctors when FF have wrecked country and Lab are full of bull? Pathetic.
Sad, but true...but true because Irish voters just don't seem to understand the fact that FF have quite literally ripped them off, and seem to have a problem with Enda Kenny's "personality"...FFS.
 

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Sad, but true...but true because Irish voters just don't seem to understand the fact that FF have quite literally ripped them off, and seem to have a problem with Enda Kenny's "personality"...FFS.
It's more about them having a problem with Enda Kenny's credibility as a leader. That's not the voting public's fault.
 

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He's currently in charge of a Mossad-like operation to hunt down and kill disloyal members following the coup in Summer.

Think Eric Bana in 'Munich'.

Denis Naughten hasnt spent two consecutive nights in the same safe house in over 3 months.
Lucinda now sleeps in the cupboard for fear of bed bombs.
Why do you think my posting has been so erratic the last few months? Hang on, someone is at the door with a large package, I hope it's a cake!
 

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Having heard some of this man's radio show, I suggest the name in the thread title be changed to "Mork". To aid name-recognition, like.

It's a pity New Labour aren't still in power across the water. Because if FG then entered government here, RTÉ could run a docu-soap on the lives of two prominent government spindoctors.
They could call it Mork and Mandy.

Taxi!...
 

CorkHurler

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Given how Newstalk has been going downhill lately he may be leaving one sinking ship for another.
 

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This could be a very good move from Fine Gael. There's no doubt that Fine Gael handling of the media hasn't been great in recent times and he should be able to greatly help them on that with his experience. The fact that he's joining the party in tough times, also says a lot for the man.
 
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This could be a very good move from Fine Gael. There's no doubt that Fine Gael handling of the media hasn't been great in recent times and he should be able to greatly help them on that with his experience. The fact that he's joining the party in tough times, also says a lot for the man.
Your assuming that they'll listen to him. I wouldn't.
 

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Well, the best of luck to him.

If he wants a hint, it might be helpful giving a list of radical reforms FG are going to impose if they get into power in the next GE.

Y'know, things like changing the constitution, massive political reform, bringing in local taxation, radical reform of the taxation process, massive public sector reform, changing our social and justice systems, small bits and pieces like that.

Kind of helps make you look different from the other FG party....
 

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