Gerry McDermott

Media and Communications Manager, Fingal County Council

Gerry McDermott is Media and Communications Manager for Fingal County Council, one of Ireland’s biggest local authorities. He is a highly experienced communications specialist having worked in the industry for almost 40 years. He held a variety of roles in print and broadcasting organisations at local and national level during the course of a 24 year career in journalism. In 2006 he left journalism to become Communications Manager with the Football Association of Ireland where his content creation skills and strategic thinking proved extremely useful as social media established itself. He joined Fingal County Council in 2016 to head up its Communication Unit and has overseen the development of its digital media platforms into a key communications link with Fingal’s 300,000 citizens. He holds a Masters in Strategic Public Relations from Stirling University and was part of the team that won an Excellence in Public Relations Award in 2019 for the Best Public Sector Campaign.