Veteran RTÉ Newscaster Eileen Dunne has joined the team at Alice Public Relations as a Senior Training Consultant, focused on providing training in media spokesperson skills.
A native of Dublin, Ms. Dunne worked with RTÉ for 42 years, retiring in November 2022.
Announcing her appointment today (06.11.23), Martina Quinn, Founder and Managing Director of Alice, said: “We are delighted to have a journalist of Eileen’s calibre joining our media training team. Over her career with RTÉ, she covered some of the biggest stories of the past four decades, including multiple General Elections, historic referendum campaigns, the talks leading to the Good Friday Agreement, and Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland.
“At Alice, we provide media training for a diverse client base, ranging from elected representatives to community activists, business leaders and charity CEOs. Eileen is perfectly placed to put our training clients through their paces, ensuring they are well prepared and know what to expect in advance of media interviews.”
During her time with RTÉ, in addition to her work in the Newsroom, Ms. Dunne presented a weekly radio programme, ‘The God Slot’, and music programmes on RTÉ Lyric FM. For four years up to November 2014, she was International President of the Association of European Journalists. In a voluntary capacity, she is a member of the organising committee of the annual Kennedy Summer School.
Alice Public Relations also announced the appointment of Paul-Michel Ledoux as a Video & Storytelling Consultant today. A native of Belgium, Mr. Ledoux is a video-reporter and filmmaker. From 1992 to 2001, his career took him to over 50 countries, including conflict zones worldwide, where he worked on TV news reporting for the BBC, Reuters and RTÉ, amongst others. He also worked on documentaries for organisations such as the United Nations and the Red Cross.
More recently, Mr. Ledoux has focused on video production, running his own company in Brussels for over a decade, where his clients included the European Council and the European Commission. After moving to Ireland in 2014, he founded 1 Minute 40 Media, a full-service video production agency, specialising in storytelling, explainers and live video streaming.
“Paul-Michel will also contribute to our media training services,” said Martina Quinn. “Drawing on his extensive experience in journalism and corporate video production, he will advise our training clients on how best to prepare for and conduct TV and video interviews. He will also work with a broader array of Alice clients on corporate storytelling and video production.”
Alice Public Relations was founded in 2015, and operates on an all-island basis, with offices in Dublin and Belfast. The company has a team of 24. It provides communications services for clients seeking positive change in Ireland and further afield. Its training packages include media spokesperson skills, crisis communications, public affairs, communications strategy, and digital marketing. Current Alice clients include LGBT Ireland, The Housing Agency, Education and Training Boards Ireland, the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Immigrant Council of Ireland.