PRII Announces Expert Panel of PR Lecturers to deliver Diploma in Public Relations

The Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) has brought together a panel of six experienced PR professionals and academics to teach its flagship Diploma in PR, which starts on 25th September.

The teaching faculty includes Dr John Gallagher Ed.D, FPRII(Life) who has taught PR at the Dublin Institute of Technology for many years as well as Frank Dillon, a business journalist, publisher and media trainer who has lectured on PR since 2004.  Niall Quinn, Deputy Managing Director at The Reputations Agency and a qualified barrister also joins the lecturing panel along with Steve Rawson, Therese Marry and Dr John Joyce.

The lecturers will teach the following subjects on the PRII Diploma:

Following an extensive review with industry and professional stakeholders led by Dr Martina Byrne FPRII, a former Director of Public Affairs at Wilson Hartnell PR with over 20 years industry experience, the PRII Diploma in PR has been revamped and is now being delivered directly by the PRII from September 25th.

  • Dr John Gallagher Ed.D, FPRII is the Course Director for Postgraduate Programmes in Public Relations at the Dublin Institute of Technology and has lectured on Public Relations since 2002. Formerly, Communications Manager at Dublin Airport working for Aer Rianta, he worked for the airport management company, as an in-house public relations specialist for nearly twenty-five years with the exception of two periods when he served on secondment as advisor to the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  • Frank Dillon, is a business journalist, publisher and media trainer. Having undertaken the PRII Diploma himself at the start of his career, Frank worked as a freelance journalist for The Irish Press Group before becoming Editor of Management magazine, the official journal of the IMI, in 1989. He left there in 1995 to establish his own publishing company, Dillon Publications, which publishes the quarterly Decision magazine to this day, amongst other titles.  A regular contributor to The Irish Times where he writes about management issues, reviews business books and interviews business authors, he previously wrote for The Sunday Times and was one of the lead contributors for the Enterprise Network section, profiling the challenges facing SMEs. Frank has lectured on the PRII’s Diploma course since 2004 and has been an examiner since 2009. 
  • Niall Quinn is a PR practitioner, former PRII President, qualified barrister and Deputy Managing Director at The Reputations Agency. With over 15 years’ agency experience Niall specialises in developing and executing integrated communications and reputation management strategies. Prior to joining The Reputations Agency he worked with a leading Irish consultancy as a Senior Account Director for ten years, having previously worked with Ernst & Young in their Corporate Tax division. A business graduate Niall completed the PRII Diploma in Public Relations himself at the start of his PR career. More recently he was called to the Bar in 2015.
  • Steve Rawson has over 20 years’ experience as a strategic communications specialist working with a wide range of businesses, organisations and individuals. He has lectured on the PRII’s Diploma in Public Relations for over ten years teaching strategic PR planning and PR Specialised Areas along with politics and public affairs.  He also lectured for five years on the DCU-affiliated All Hallows College MA in Management where he taught PR, Advocacy and Public Affairs.
  • Therese Marry holds a MA in Public Affairs and Political Communication from Dublin Institute of Technology. She teaches English at undergraduate and postgraduate level in University College Dublin. Prior to working in academia, she worked in business at a management level for a period of twelve years. She and has also worked in Leinster House and in 2016 she worked on a re-election campaign for Seanad Éireann.
  • Dr John Joyce has had a long career in marine science communication and public relations. He is the recipient of a number of awards including the Glaxo Fellowship for EU Science Writers for Ireland and the PRII’s Gladys McNevin Trophy. As Communications Manager of the Marine Institute, he led a team that set up the ‘Explorers’ national primary school marine education programme. Dr Joyce is a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), a keen cartoonist, writer and the author of five novels, three screenplays and four marine-themed books for children.


Now in its 31st year, the PRII Diploma in Public Relations is aimed at graduates or career changers seeking to move into a communications role, as well as communications and public relations practitioners seeking formal recognition of their professional attainment.

The next intake for the Diploma commences on Monday, September 25th, 2017. Classes will take place every Monday and Wednesday evening.

Enrolment is now open. Further information is available at or call (01) 661 8004.

The PRII Diploma in PR -  a qualification that will add value to any PR professional no matter what stage of their career.

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