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Department of Foreign Affairs staff ‘furious’ as Leo Varadkar’s spin doctor John Concannon ‘parachuted’ into top job

The comms guru is leaving his top gig as a Vice President at NUI Galway to take a government job that pays up to €163,000 a year

John Concannon (Image: Gareth Chaney/Collins)

Department of Foreign Affairs senior staff are “furious” at the return of Leo Varadkar’s “Dominic Cummings” to a major Government job.

John Concannon is taking over the reins as head of Global Ireland in the department on January 1 on an
Assistant Secretary General salary scale of up to €163,000 a year.

The communications guru is leaving his top gig as a vice president at NUI Galway to take the job.

Mr Concannon was the chief at Mr Varadkar’s Strategic Communications Unit when he was Taoiseach before it was scrapped after the Opposition blasted it as a personal spin machine.

TDs in Leinster House compare him to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spin svengali Dominic Cummings because of his perceived closeness to Mr Varadkar when he became Taoiseach.

Dominic Cummings came under fire after travelling from London to Durham (Image: Mark Thomas/Shutterstock)
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And now he will be back at the heart of Government again with Global Ireland, the Foreign Affairs’ programme to expand our diplomatic global footprint.

But this has not gone down well with staff in Iveagh House, who believe he was “parachuted” into the peach role by the Fine Gael side of Government.

Fine Gael deputy leader Simon Coveney is Minister for Foreign Affairs at Iveagh House.

A source at the department told the Irish Mirror: “People are really pissed off in here.

“He seems to have some direct line to the top, while public servants who had put in the time for years were overlooked, they’re furious because it looks like he was just parachuted in.

“They’re calling his new regime SCU 2.0.”

Mr Concannon recently worked on the Coalition’s United Nations Security Council seat bid and had been working behind the scenes on the Government’s Covid communications squad earlier this year.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said: “John Concannon took over the role of Director General of the Global Ireland Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs in August 2018. In October 2019 he moved to NUI Galway on secondment and continued his role with the Department of Foreign Affairs on a part- time basis.

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar TD during a session of Dail Eireann at the Convention Centre, Dublin. (Image: Collins Photo Agency)
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He will transition back to his role at the Department of Foreign Affairs in a full-time capacity in January 2021.

The position is a secondment at the level of Assistant Secretary General.”

The Irish Mirror revealed in June that Mr Concannon travelled to Dublin from his home in Galway at least twice after the draconian 2km travel restriction was introduced at the end of March.

He did this while being front and centre in sending out the message that no one was to travel.

Mr Concannon was on Government business but other senior political figures either worked entirely remotely or stayed in the capital.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin stayed in Dublin full-time for the first lockdown and was not able to visit his family in Cork for more than 12 weeks.

Mr Concannon has worked as a public servant for 17 years and there was no interview process for his return because he was seconded and still connected to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The salary range for his position ranges from €142,000 to €163,000. ir

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