Political advisers and former journalists to kind a part of Simon Harris backroom crew – The Irish Instances

Presumptive taoiseach Simon Harris has poached a key adviser from the Inexperienced Social gathering to return on board as a part of his backroom crew.

Jack O’Donnell, who had been working as an adviser to Inexperienced Social gathering super-junior minister Pippa Hackett, is to hitch the increasing crew being lined as much as work with Mr Harris after his anticipated election as taoiseach subsequent Tuesday.

Mr O’Donnell is a former particular adviser to Eoghan Murphy throughout the latter’s time within the Division of Housing, and beforehand labored in Authorities Buildings with Enda Kenny when he was Taoiseach.

He’ll be a part of a gaggle of advisers together with Chris Donoghue, who till lately labored with Minister for Enterprise Simon Coveney, however who’s now set to be appointed as Authorities press secretary.

On Tuesday, Mr Coveney introduced that he is not going to search reappointment to Mr Harris’ Cupboard subsequent week, releasing up a second full portfolio to fill alongside the one vacated by the incoming taoiseach, who was elected as Superb Gael chief late final month after Leo Varadkar’s shock resignation.

It’s anticipated that former Irish Instances journalist Sarah Bardon and Mr Harris’ former adviser within the Division of Well being, Joanne Lonergan, would be the most senior advisers to the Wicklow TD. Ms Bardon has labored with Mr Harris since 2018, whereas Ms Lonergan left politics to work in public relations consultancy for a interval however is anticipated to rejoin the crew.

Irish Examiner journalist Ciara Phelan is to hitch as deputy Authorities press secretary, whereas two members of Mr Varadkar’s workers, Clare Mungovan and Matt Lynch, are anticipated to stay. One other former adviser to Mr Harris, Majella Fitzpatrick, is tipped to rejoin him.

Mr Harris can be stated to be eyeing an financial adviser, prone to function on a part-time foundation much like the function crammed by Prof Alan Ahearne within the Tánaiste’s workplace.

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