THE new Government Press Secretary will be a Kilkenny man, Fergal Purcell. The former army officer has been working with the Fine Gael party as deputy head of PR since he retired from the army. The 38-year-old was seen by many as playing a huge part in the party’s success at the general election and he has a very close working relationship with the new Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. Originally from Ballycallan, a son of Eddie Purcell and the late Helen Purcell, originally from West Kerry, Fergal got married last year and is now living in Dublin but is a frequent visitor to his native city. He was low-key about his appointment and said that he was behind the scenes and preferred if the headlines were grabbed by the politicians.
He is relishing the challenge and said is a continuance of what he has been doing albeit at a higher tempo. The retired army commandant worked for three years in the Defence Forces press office. He served three tours of duty in Lebanon and once in Bosnia. He also studied English and history in NUI Galway and communications in DCU. He joined Fine Gael as deputy press office in 2008 after 18 years in the Army