Life Fellowship of the PRII

This is the highest honour that the PRII can bestow on a  Full member. Life Fellows have championed by example the highest standards and implementation of the profession. Under the PRII's constitution, no more than two Life Fellowships can be awarded each year, and they must be approved by two-thirds of those present at the annual general meeting of the Institute.


To be eligible for Life Fellowship of the Institute, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • They must be a member of the Institute for a period of no less than 15 years
  • They must be a Fellow of the Institute for a period of 5 years
  • They must be in good standing with the Institute (dues paid up to date)
  • Must be, or have been, actively engaged in the public relations/communications profession or in education related to the profession
  • Must have held a position of leadership within the industry
  • Must have made a significant contribution to the industry or the Institute
  • Must be willing to fulfil the duties of Life Fellowship

Nomination Process

Nominators are asked to submit a 400-word maximum statement on the contribution of their nominee. In preparing this statement, nominators should be guided by the structure as set out for the Life Fellow application but as the contribution of such nominees is so unique the subcommittee leaves it to each member to structure this nomination as they see fit.

Nominations must be received by Friday, 13 October 2023 for consideration for the current year. Nominations are to be sent in confidence to the PRII CEO, Martina Byrne, at Loading....

Download the PRII Life Fellow Nomination Form here.

Following receipt of the nominations, the PRII's subcommittee on nominations will review the Life Fellow nominations. The subcommittee consists of five upstanding individuals, chaired by Ita Gibney FPRII (Life), with a detailed knowledge of the public relations community and profession. They will undertake to ensure the standards of this professional distinction are upheld.

Bernard Harbor (FPRII) who was awarded PRII Life Fellowship unanimously at the 2022 AGM.

List of Life Fellows

  •     Pat Barry, FPRII (Life)
  •     Dr Francis Xavier Carty, FPRII (Life)
  •     Flan Clune, FPRII (Life)
  •     Mary Crotty, FPRII (Life)
  •     Mary Finan, FPRII (Life)
  •     Norman Freeman, FPRII (Life)
  •     Sheila Gahan, FPRII (Life)
  •     Dr John P. Gallagher, FPRII (Life)
  •     Ita Gibney, FPRII (Life)
  •     Eileen Gleeson, FPRII (Life)
  •     Betty Griffin, FPRII (Life)
  •     Justin Green, FPRII (Life)
  •     Roddy Guiney, FPRII (Life)
  •     Nigel Heneghan, FPRII (Life)
  •     Patrick Heneghan, FPRII (Life)
  •     Tim Kinsella, FPRII (Life)
  •     Laurie Mannix, FPRII (Life)
  •     John C. McMahon, FPRII (Life)
  •     Jim Milton, FPRII (Life)
  •     Joseph Murray, FPRII (Life)
  •     Niall O'Flynn, FPRII (Life)
  •     Seán O'Riordáin, FPRII (Life)
  •     Robin O'Sullivan, FPRII (Life)
  •     Michael Patten, FPRII (Life)
  •     John Saunders, FPRII (Life)
  •     Padraig Slattery, FPRII (Life)
  •     Myles Tierney, FPRII (Life)
  •     Jim Walsh, FPRII (Life)
  •     Barney Whelan, FPRII (Life)
  •     Wally Young, FPRII (Life)
  •     Ann-Marie O’Sullivan, FPRII (Life)
  •     Bernard Harbor, FPRII (Life)

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