PRII Fellow Profile - Martin Long

Martin Long, Director of the Catholic Communications Office (CCO) of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has been awarded Fellowship of the PRII (FRPII) by the Institute“s National Council.

Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts (economics, politics and psychology) from University College Dublin and a postgraduate diploma in legal studies from the Dublin Institute of Technology.  Between 1995 and 1997 Martin worked for the Fianna Fáil party in Oireachtas Éireann as a researcher on environmental and local government issues.  During this time he was secretary to the party’s delegation at the Forum for Peace & Reconciliation in Dublin Castle.  In 1997 Martin was appointed as special advisor to the Minister for Food at the Department of Agriculture. 

Following this appointment he worked as an associate director with Bill O’Herlihy Communications.  Subsequently, as public relations manager with the Irish Insurance Federation (now Insurance Ireland), Martin devised the industry’s award winning anti-fraud awareness campaign.  

Since 2003 Martin has been director of communications with the Catholic Communications Office of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.  The CCO is based on the campus of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare, and supports the communications needs of the Bishops’ Conference and its agencies in pastoral areas 
 
Martin was part of the communications team for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 2012.   Martin’s international communications experience includes collaboration with the Holy See Press Office, Church media personnel and journalists from global print, broadcast and social media organisations.

A Fellow of the PRII is recognised as a leader in the public relations and communications profession. Those who have earned the designation have done so by being highly skilled and in positions of leadership in their organisation and the profession. These individuals have made a notable contribution to the development of the profession which this honour also recognises.

The other new PRII Fellows this year are:

  • Sarah Dempsey, AIB plc 
  • Pat Keating, Keating & Associates
  • Michael Kelly, Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB)

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