The Health Service Executive (HSE) was one of 25 winners from more than 150 nominations, winning two gongs in the Awards of Excellence organized by the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) and the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) . The awards recognize best practices in public relations, public affairs and internal communications in the public and private sectors.
The HSE awards recognized the best internal communications campaign for communications with employees during Covid-19 and the cyberattack and the best internal team. The organizations participated in the public relations campaigns undertaken in the 12 months from March last year. A fifth of the nominations came from internal teams, including the public sector, charities and the civil service.
Edelman won the Onclusive-sponsored Big Agency of the Year award for the third year in a row. Hannover won the award for the smallest agency of the year. The Central Bank won the award for best corporate communication for the review of the framework of mortgage measures carried out to ensure that the measures introduced in 2015 remain fit for purpose.
Dublin Port has won a consumer award for its water safety campaign. The Irish Wheelchair Association won the Ruepoint-sponsored award for best problem-oriented work for its ‘Think Ahead, Think Housing’ campaign. The campaign has been designed to help people with disabilities approach local authorities so that they can be included in the planning and delivery of social housing.
Other winners included Threshold Housing Agency, St Patrick’s Mental Health Service, An Post, National Concert Hall, Irish Wheelchair Association, Irish Water and Breast Cancer Ireland. The awards were presented by Dearbhail McDonald who hosted the event. Two Fennells-sponsored in-house media team awards went to Aldi and HSE.
Teneo’s Nicola Halloran was voted Young Communications Professional of the Year and also won a trophy for her work on the best digital campaign, a Chadwicks podcast. Halloran has seven years of public relations experience. She also blogs about food as The Wonky Spatula and has published her own cookbook and launched an app focusing on healthy foods.
Dr Martina Byrne, CEO, PRCA and PRII, said the range of shortlisted work showed the contribution of the public relations profession to economic, social and cultural life in Ireland. The full list of this year’s winners is available at https://www.prii.ie/news/awards-for-excellence-in-public-relations-2022-winners-announced.html
Pictured above, Owen Cullen, Cullen Communications and PRCA Chairman, presents the Big Agency of the Year award to Edelman Managing Director Joe Carmody and Owen Cullen with Nicola Halloran of Teneo, Best Young Professional of this year’s communication.
PHOTOS: JOHN BAMBURY, FENNELS