THE FORMER chief strategist for Fine Gael has begun working for a public relations and lobbying firm but will not disclose what clients he has acted for to date.
Frank Flannery was a long-time adviser to Fine Gael, and a plan for rebuilding the party which he drafted in 2002 is credited by many with playing a key role in the party’s current strength in the Oireachtas. He was Fine Gael’s deputy director of elections in last year’s presidential contest.
Mr Flannery confirmed yesterday that he had been doing work for PR firm Insight Consultants, but would not say what clients he had acted for. He also refused to say whether he had lobbied any politicians or Government departments on behalf of clients. “I’m not going to give you any information,” he said, adding he was no longer a Government adviser, but did do voluntary work for Fine Gael.
The programme for government includes a commitment to introduce a statutory register of lobbyists, but detailed proposals have yet to be advanced.