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Kilkishen man to succeed Mullagh woman as special advisor to Health Minister

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*Páraic Gallagher during his time as Newstalk’s political correspondent.

A Kilkishen man is to replace a Mullagh woman as special advisor to the Minister for Health.

The Clare Echo understands that Colette Sexton has stepped down from her role as a special advisor to the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly (FF). A former journalist with The Sunday Business Post, Colette had been working as a special advisor since August.

Prior to this, she had worked as an associate director with the public affairs division of Edelman and as a political correspondent with The Times Ireland. News of her upcoming departure became known at the weekend and Sexton is to leave the post in the coming weeks.

Colette Sexton.

Former political correspondent with Newstalk, Páraic Gallagher is to replace the West Clare women as one of Minister Donnelly’s media advisors, ex Deputy Editor with The Business Post, Susan Mitchell is also one of the Wicklow TD’s key communications advisors. The Kilkishen man will be departing his present employment with PR firm, Q4 to take on the role.

Gallagher spent thirteen years with Newstalk having worked as a courts reporter with Dublin radio stations Q102 and 98FM before that. His first job in the media was working with Clare FM. In 2006, he was named as News Broadcaster of the year.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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